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
counterintuitivelyplay \ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv-lē, -ˈtyü-\ adverb
Examples of counterintuitive in a Sentence
It may seem counterintuitive, but we do burn calories when we are sleeping.
Recent Examples of counterintuitive from the Web
In one sense, the direction of all this movement seems counterintuitive.
But the counterintuitive arithmetic of legislative horse-trading means that declaring the bill dead likely requires stiff opposition from twice the number of GOP senators needed to kill it.
In a nuanced and counterintuitive creative choice, the adults’ voices are quietened in the background, which forces viewers to focus on Alex’s words rather than her parents’ assumptions.
But Ridge thinks the anniversary ought to be celebrated annually as a counterintuitive badge of civic pride, and as an occasion to mark how far the cleanup of the river and the revitalization of the areas that flank is have come since then.
Coming less than a week after the White House pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, Trump’s sunny remarks to Hill leaders (first reported by Axios) were counterintuitive enough to cause some to wonder.
That's a really compelling, surprising, counterintuitive thing to hear out of a dead artist, who's built a legacy, who’s built something.
As Hood reports, the finding seems almost counterintuitive to most evolutionary strategies.
The academic literature on capital flows emphasizes the importance of this relationship and spells out its counterintuitive and often unwelcome results.
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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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