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counterproductiveadjective

 us   /ˌkɑʊnt·ər·prəˈdʌk·tɪv/
having an effect that is the opposite of what you intend or desire: As a way to improve traffic, widening roads can be counterproductive, as it may just encourage more people to drive.
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counterproductiveadjective

uk   us   /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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