from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Injurious to one's or its own purposes or welfare: "American officials will find it harder than ever to ward off self-defeating protectionist measures” ( George R. Packard).
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- adj. Something, such as a plan or action, which contains elements that will cause it to fail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. acting to defeat its own purpose
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