- The definition of counterproductive is something that has the opposite of the intended affect or that goes against what you are trying to achieve.
Behavior that gets you further away from a goal you are trying to reach instead of closer to that goal is an example of counterproductive behavior.
counterproductive definition by Webster's New World
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bringing about effects or results regarded as contrary to those intended
counterproductive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Tending to hinder rather than serve one's purpose: “Violation of the court order would be counterproductive” (Philip H. Lee).
- counˌter·pro·ducˈtive·ly adverb