antitherapeutic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

anti- +‎ therapeutic

Adjective[edit]

antitherapeutic (comparative more antitherapeutic, superlative most antitherapeutic)

  1. Having a damaging psychological effect opposite to that of therapy.
    • 2003, Irving B. Weiner, Donald K. Freedheim, Alan M. Goldstein, Handbook of Psychology: Forensic psychology
      Although he noted the antitherapeutic effects of prolonged litigation, he argued that litigation might actually be neutral or therapeutic for tort claimants, rather than antitherapeutic, because he asserted that pursuing litigation against the wrongdoer does not necessarily prolong the plaintiff's illness or injury.