counterintuitive


coun·ter·in·tu·i·tive

adjective \-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv, -ˈtyü-\

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

Full Definition of COUNTERINTUITIVE

:  contrary to what one would intuitively expect
coun·ter·in·tu·i·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb

Examples of COUNTERINTUITIVE

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

First Known Use of COUNTERINTUITIVE

1955

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