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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 of counterproductive
1960-1965
1960-65; counter- + productive
Related forms
counterproductively, adverb
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counterproductive

/ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim
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Word Origin and History for counterproductive
adj.

also counter-productive, counter productive, 1920, American English, from counter- + productive.

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