Meaning of “counterproductive” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “counterproductive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counterproductive" in American English

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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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"counterproductive" in Business English

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uk /ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/ us

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.

(Definition of “counterproductive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)