"Using checkboxes (or custom analogs) to initiate selection is an explicit anti-pattern for mobile."

What does Google mean by anti-pattern?

Source: http://www.google.com/design/spec/patterns/selection.html

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    @rewobs I did Google it first but I admit I must not have been paying attention, because the answer is right there. However, the top results are typically about social and software (programming) anti-patterns, so I think an answer from the UX community is still valuable.
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An anti-pattern is much like a regular design pattern in that it is a common solution to a general problem. The difference is that an anti-pattern is a bad solution to the problem.

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