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Posted by Smokey Stover on October 21, 2004

In Reply to: Self-defeating posted by DH on October 21, 2004

: What word best describes an action that is self-defeating, or contrary to its own purpose; eg, DOE's hydrogen-fuel program to make us less dependent on it includes a program to extract hydrogen from oil

Nugatory might be made to serve, but what's wrong with self-defeating? SS