Definition of self-defeating in English:

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self-defeating

Pronunciation: /ˈˌself dəˈfēdiNG/

adjective

(Of an action or policy) unable, because of its inherent qualities, to achieve the end it is designed to bring about.
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.

Words that rhyme with self-defeating

beating, fleeting, greeting, Keating, meeting, sweeting

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: self-de·feat·ing

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