Meaning of counterproductive

coun•ter•pro•duc•tive

Pronunciation: (koun"tur-pru-duk'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. thwarting the achievement of an intended goal; tending to defeat one's purpose: Living on credit while trying to save money is counterproductive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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