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counterintuitive

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adjective coun·ter·in·tu·i·tive \-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of counterintuitive

  • : different from what you would expect : not agreeing with what seems right or natural

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of counterintuitive

  1. :  contrary to what one would intuitively expect

counterintuitively

play \-lē\ adverb

Examples of counterintuitive in a sentence

  1. It may seem counterintuitive, but we do burn calories when we are sleeping.



1955

First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955


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