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[self-di-fee-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈfi tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one's own intention or interests:
His behavior was certainly self-defeating. Unabridged
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  • Making cuts in these services is often self-defeating.
  • It seems to be self-defeating to want fulltime students who must work to support themselves.
  • More importantly, the strategy of disabusing the students of their beliefs in souls in this way is self-defeating.
  • But suggesting that the technology should be put on hold is not only useless, it's self-defeating.
  • In some ways, it is argued, these policies may have become self-defeating.
  • Critics argue that the government's hand-to-mouth policymaking is self-defeating, and illustrates its general lack of planning.
  • Such curbs may be politically expedient, but they are economically self-defeating.
  • But this collectively huge fiscal contraction is self-defeating.
  • The two-stage scheme is self-defeating in another respect as well.
  • To do so, though, would be as self-defeating as stopping the purchase of goods or components abroad.
British Dictionary definitions for self-defeating


(of a plan, action, etc) unable to achieve the intended result
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