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Tending to hinder rather than serve one's purpose.

coun′ter·pro·duc′tive·ly adv.


tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim


(ˌkaʊn tər prəˈdʌk tɪv)

thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose.
coun`ter•pro•duc′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.counterproductive - tending to hinder the achievement of a goal
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"


[ˌkaʊntərprəˈdʌktɪv] adj [attitude, practice] → contre-productif/ive
it is counterproductive to do → c'est contre-productif de faire


[ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv] adjcontroproducente
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