adjective Date: 1959 tending to hinder the attainment of a desired goal <
violence as a means to achieve an end is counterproductive — W. E. Brock b1930

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • counterproductive — coun‧ter‧pro‧duc‧tive [ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv ǁ tər ] adjective having the opposite effect from the one that you intended: • Increasing government spending too quickly can be counterproductive. * * * counterproductive UK US /ˌkaʊntəprəˈdʌktɪv/… …   Financial and business terms

  • Counterproductive — is a word that can be applied to anything that is more of an obstacle than a help in the achieving of a productive project or an objective set by a certain person or group. Counterproductive norms: A situation that prevents a group, organization …   Wikipedia

  • counterproductive — is familiar enough now to be spelt as one word. It is a modern word (first recorded in 1959) which has mushroomed in use to describe any action or series of actions having the opposite of the desired effect: • Security measures will be… …   Modern English usage

  • counterproductive — also counter productive, counter productive, 1959, Amer.Eng., from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + PRODUCTIVE (Cf. productive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • counterproductive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having the opposite of the desired effect …   English terms dictionary

  • counterproductive — [kount′ər prə duk΄tiv] adj. bringing about effects or results regarded as contrary to those intended …   English World dictionary

  • counterproductive — adj. counterproductive to * * * counterproductive to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counterproductive — counterproductively, adv. /kown teuhr preuh duk tiv/, adj. thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one s purpose: Living on credit while trying to save money is counterproductive. [1960 65; COUNTER + PRODUCTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • counterproductive — coun|ter|pro|duc|tive [ˌkauntəprəˈdʌktıv US tər ] adj achieving the opposite result to the one that you want ▪ Sending young offenders to prison can be counterproductive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • counterproductive — coun|ter|pro|duc|tive [ ,kauntərprə dʌktıv ] adjective having a result that is the opposite of the one you intended: Research shows that sending young offenders to prison can be counterproductive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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