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English definition of “counterproductive”

counterproductive

adjective uk   /ˌkaʊn.tə.prəˈdʌk.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/
having an effect that is opposite to the one intended or wanted: Improved safety measures in cars can be counterproductive as they encourage people to drive faster.Unsuccessful (people and things)
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