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self-defeating

adjective uk   /ˌself.dɪˈfiː.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/
used to describe something that causes or makes worse the problem it was designed to avoid or solve: self-defeating regulations
Translations of “self-defeating”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自我挫敗的, 適得其反的, 弄巧成拙的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自我挫败的, 适得其反的, 弄巧成拙的…
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