coun·​ter·​in·​tu·​i·​tive | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv How to pronounce counterintuitive (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

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

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Other Words from counterintuitive

counterintuitively \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​in-​ˈtü-​ə-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce counterintuitive (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of counterintuitive in a Sentence

It may seem counterintuitive, but we do burn calories when we are sleeping.
Recent Examples on the Web In what would be the final game of 2020 against Baylor, Heefner offered a counterintuitive suggestion. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 NetLogo is used to simulate and explore complex systems and counterintuitive phenomena in natural and social sciences, from pandemics’ dynamics, climate change and ecosystems to economics and voting. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 29 May 2021 That leads us to the counterintuitive reading of the Rorschach test. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Japan ranks as one of the few countries in Asia where foreigners can buy freehold property without restriction, but overseas buyers have long been deterred by the country’s counterintuitive real-estate economics. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 8 May 2021 Shifting to new climate normals can have counterintuitive effects. Becky Bolinger, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 The fresh consumer data that Alibaba continually gathers from the millions of people shopping on its various platforms turned up the counterintuitive finding that many Chinese who buy chocolates also purchase spicy snacks at the same time. Georgie Stokol, Fortune, 7 May 2021 That might seem counterintuitive for a Mexican wrestler who stands in an intersection trying to get everyone to follow traffic rules. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 6 May 2021 The curious, almost counterintuitive thing about the first stage of the great escape is that it was not meaningfully propelled by medical drugs. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterintuitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counterintuitive

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

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