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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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