Use Counterproductive in a sentence


thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose: Living on credit while trying to save money is counterproductive.

1960–65; counter- + productive

counterproductively, adverb Unabridged
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counterproductive (ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv)
tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim

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Word Origin & History

also counter-productive, counter productive, 1959, Amer.Eng., from counter- + productive.
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Example sentences
The plastic industry argues that bans and taxes are counterproductive.
Setting your mind on a goal may be counterproductive.
In fact, it becomes counterproductive as a group becomes more established.
Otherwise, feeding them up with technology must be counterproductive.
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