counterintuitive

adjective coun·ter·in·tu·i·tive \ ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv , -ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of counterintuitive

: contrary to what one would intuitively expect
  • As counterintuitive as it may seem, the universe has no center, and it has no boundary.
  • —Jim Bell

counterintuitively

play \ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv-lē, -ˈtyü-\ adverb

Examples of counterintuitive in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955

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COUNTERINTUITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of counterintuitive for English Language Learners

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


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