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counterproductive

[koun-ter-pruh-duhk-tiv] /ˌkaʊn tər prəˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose:
Living on credit while trying to save money is counterproductive.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; counter- + productive
Related forms
counterproductively, adverb
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Examples for counter productive
  • In fact, it is counter productive to make such a suggestion.
  • It seems to me that the idealism of being able to duplicate nature's steaks is misguided and counter productive.
  • The arrogance of science is appalling and counter productive.
  • Some of what is advocated is frighteningly naive and counter productive.
  • Taxes on produce are counter productive and some of the money is used to raise the land value.
  • However, it comes at the cost of even lower future productivity, which makes printing counter productive in the long run.
  • When the problem is too much debt, printing more debt is counter productive.
  • Printing is a somewhat counter productive way to balance the budget.
  • While there certainly are cases where unions are unreasonable and counter productive that is the exception not the rule.
  • Thus, the idea of a closed environment is actually counter productive for sociologists.
British Dictionary definitions for counter productive

counterproductive

/ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim
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Word Origin and History for counter productive
counterproductive
also counter-productive, counter productive, 1959, Amer.Eng., from counter- + productive.
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