(Of an action or policy) unable, because of its inherent qualities, to achieve the end it is designed to bring about.
More example sentences
- It seems to me that the idea is rather self-defeating.
- Seldom will so much hot air have been expended by so many for such a meanly self-serving and self-defeating result.
- Rather than being self-defeating, successful players are their own best friends.
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