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"counterproductive" in British English

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counterproductiveadjective

uk   /ˌkaʊn.tə.prəˈdʌk.tɪv/  us   /ˌkaʊn.t̬ɚ.prəˈdʌk.tɪv/
(Definition of counterproductive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counterproductive" in American English

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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 ​improvetraffic, ​wideningroads can be counterproductive, as it may just ​encourage more ​people to ​drive.
(Definition of counterproductive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"counterproductive" in Business English

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counterproductiveadjective

uk   us   /ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/
having an ​oppositeeffect to the one that was wanted, and therefore harmful: Stringent ​costmanagement is counterproductive when it prevents a ​company from ​growing.counterproductive to sth Stateregulations have been counterproductive to the industry's ​interests.
(Definition of counterproductive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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