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English definition of “counterproductive”

counterproductive

adjective     /ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/
having an opposite effect to the one that was wanted , and therefore harmful : Stringent cost management is counterproductive when it prevents a company from growing .counterproductive to sth State regulations have been counterproductive to the industry's interests .
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