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Tending to hinder rather than serve one's purpose.

coun′ter·pro·duc′tive·ly adv.
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tending to hinder or act against the achievement of an aim
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(ˌkaʊn tər prəˈdʌk tɪv)

thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose.
coun`ter•pro•duc′tive•ly, adv.
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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"
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[ˌkaʊntərprəˈdʌktɪv] adj [attitude, practice] → contre-productif/ive
it is counterproductive to do → c'est contre-productif de faire
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[ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv] adjcontroproducente
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