counterproductive counterproductive  /ˈkaʊn tər prə ˌdək tɪv/


  • (adj) tending to hinder the achievement of a goal


  1. Attempts to isolate Syria are counterproductive.
  2. When Oh retired and became a manager, that stubborn workhorse quality became counterproductive.
  3. To my mind the denial of aging and the attempt to fight it are counterproductive, a failure to understand and accept an important aspect of our existence.


  • Immigration bill

    The U.S. Senate is due to take up the long-overdue comprehensive reform of the nation’s antiquated and counterproductive immigration system. It is crucial, for reasons political, economic and, most of all, humanitarian, that this reform package move forward with all deliberate speed and not be allowed to run aground on any of a multiplicity of troublesome details.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune


  1. "Regardless of who is in command, the president's current strategy in Afghanistan is counterproductive," said Feingold, who called for a "flexible timetable" for withdrawal, "not just a start date."
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Russ Feingold Source: AFP

  2. "There was clearly tension that was reported widely," DeWitt said. "While I've said on several occasions tension is in every organization, I do think it got to be counterproductive. We couldn't achieve our goals given what was going on."
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: Bill DeWitt Source: USA Today

  3. "American foreign policy needs to change its tone and attitude, open up, and reach out," Huckabee said. "The Bush administration's arrogant bunker mentality has been counterproductive at home and abroad. My administration will recognize that...
    on Dec 14, 2007 By: Mike Huckabee Source: Guardian Unlimited

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