Need another word that means the same as “counterproductive”? Find 24 synonyms and 30 related words for “counterproductive” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Counterproductive” are: harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, inimical, deleterious, dangerous, destructive, ruinous, calamitous, disastrous, pernicious, ill, bad, evil, baleful, malign, corrupting, malignant, adverse, undesirable, prejudicial, unfavourable, unfortunate
Counterproductive as an Adjective
Definitions of "Counterproductive" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “counterproductive” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Tending to hinder the achievement of a goal.
- Having the opposite of the desired effect.
Synonyms of "Counterproductive" as an adjective (24 Words)
|adverse||Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.|
|bad||Feeling physical discomfort or pain tough is occasionally used colloquially for bad.|
It was a bad light for reading.
|baleful||Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.|
Bill shot a baleful glance in her direction.
|calamitous||Involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous.|
Such calamitous events as fires hurricanes and floods.
|corrupting||Harmful to the mind or morals.|
Corrupt judges and their corrupting influence.
|damaging||Designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions.|
Damaging to career and reputation.
|dangerous||Involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm.|
Unemployment reached dangerous proportions.
|deleterious||Causing harm or damage.|
Divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on children.
|destructive||Causing great and irreparable damage.|
The destructive power of weapons.
|disastrous||Causing great damage.|
A disastrous fire swept through the museum.
|evil||Of a force or spirit embodying or associated with the forces of the devil.|
Stories about the evil effects of television on children make good copy.
|harmful||Causing or capable of causing harm.|
The ozone layer blocks the harmful rays from the sun.
|hurtful||Causing distress to someone’s feelings.|
His hurtful remarks.
|ill||Presaging ill fortune P B Shelley.|
Ill from the monotony of his suffering.
|inimical||Tending to obstruct or harm.|
An inimical critic.
|injurious||Causing or likely to cause damage or harm.|
Food which is injurious to health.
|malign||Having or exerting a malignant influence.|
Gave him a malign look.
|malignant||Evil in nature or effect; malevolent.|
In the hands of malignant fate.
|pernicious||Working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way.|
The pernicious influences of the mass media.
|prejudicial||Causing harm or injury.|
The proposals were considered prejudicial to the city centre.
|ruinous||Costing far more than can be afforded.|
A ruinous war.
|undesirable||Not wanted or desirable because harmful, objectionable, or unpleasant.|
The drug s undesirable side effects.
|unfavourable||Likely to lead to an adverse outcome.|
Unfavourable economic conditions.
|unfortunate||Not indicating a good chance of success; inauspicious.|
Usage Examples of "Counterproductive" as an adjective
- Child experts fear the Executive's plans may prove counterproductive.
Associations of "Counterproductive" (30 Words)
|bootless||Unproductive of success.|
Remonstrating with him seems ever to have been a bootless task.
|dated||Marked by features of the immediate and usually discounted past.|
A dated expression.
|fruitless||Unproductive of success.|
A fruitless search.
|futile||Incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.|
A futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage.
|harmful||Causing or likely to cause harm.|
Harmful effects of smoking.
|incapable||(followed by `of’) lacking capacity or ability.|
Incapable of carrying a tune.
|incompetence||Inability of a part or organ to function properly.|
Allegations of professional incompetence.
|incompetent||An incompetent person.|
A forgetful and utterly incompetent assistant.
|ineffective||Not producing any significant or desired effect.|
The legal sanctions against oil spills are virtually ineffective.
|ineffectual||(of a person) lacking the ability or qualities to fulfil a role or handle a situation.|
The therapy was ineffectual.
|inept||Having or showing no skill; clumsy.|
The referee s inept handling of the match.
|infertile||Incapable of reproducing.|
Infertile couples are offered specialist advice.
|invalid||Having no cogency or legal force.|
She spent the rest of her life as an invalid.
|noxious||Harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant.|
|nugatory||Of no real value.|
A nugatory and pointless observation.
The pernicious influences of the mass media.
|poisonous||Not safe to eat.|
A poisonous snake.
Troops were powerless to stop last night s shooting.
|retreat||Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity.|
A speedy retreat.
|retrograde||Show retrograde motion.|
The glacier retrogrades.
|retrogression||The process of returning to an earlier state, typically a worse one.|
A retrogression to 19th century attitudes.
|unable||(usually followed by `to’) lacking necessary physical or mental ability.|
Dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately.
|unavailing||Achieving little or nothing; ineffective.|
Their efforts were unavailing.
|unhealthy||Not conducive to good health.|
An unhealthy diet of fast foods.
|unproductive||Not producing or capable of producing.|
Unproductive land must be reforested.
|useless||Having no ability or skill in a specified activity or area.|
A kitchen full of useless gadgets.
|vain||Unproductive of success.|
The vain hope of finding work.
|virulence||Bitter hostility; rancour.|
The proportion of birds which die depends on the virulence of the virus.
|wasteful||Laying waste- Shakespeare.|
When wasteful war shall statues overturn.
|worthless||Having no real value or use.|
Joan had been deserted by a worthless husband.