Definition of counterproductive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərprəˈdʌktɪv//
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having the opposite effect to the one which was intended Increases in taxation would be counterproductive. Introducing sanctions at this point could be politically counterproductive. It would be counterproductive to act hastily at this stage. counterproductive behaviour/policies/effects compare productive
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