[ adjective ] acting to defeat its own purpose


"it is self-defeating...to ignore the progress of events"

Used in print

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

The identification of the basic unit of religious organization - the parish or congregation - with a residential area is self_defeating in a modern metropolis , for it simply means the closing of an iron_trap on the outreach of the Christian fellowship and the transmutation of mission to co-optation .

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