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

Examples of counterintuitive in a Sentence

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

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Ramsay makes bold, counterintuitive choices as a director, offering quiet interludes and quick, shardlike flashbacks by way of characterization. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "‘You Were Never Really Here’: Compelling Joaquin Phoenix caught in threadbare plot | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 The idea that spaces exist that can’t be divided into smaller units seems bizarrely counterintuitive. Quanta Magazine, "A Proof That Some Spaces Can’t Be Cut," 13 Jan. 2015 As a result, her shoe choices are often unexpected and counterintuitive (in a good way). Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is Bringing Back This Classic Grunge Shoe," 5 May 2019 This might sound counterintuitive, but seeing yellow discharge doesn’t automatically mean something’s up. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Colors Your Vaginal Discharge Can Be (and What They Might Mean)," 8 Feb. 2019 Given the happy-go-lucky vibes of the classic Archie comics, an intentionally dark, subversive take on the cult favorite — in silver screen format, no less — almost seemed counterintuitive. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Beauty Moments from "Riverdale"," 1 Sep. 2018 Remove Porch Rails This might seem counterintuitive, but removing your porch rails will significantly open up your space, making the area easier to accommodate outdoor dining and entertaining. 2. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "5 Bold Decorating Ideas to Steal From This Magical Porch," 2 July 2015 That would be counterintuitive to what the Republican majority wants to do. Fox News, "What role has Rosenstein played in decision to declassify?," 21 Sep. 2018 This may be counterintuitive, but the party Democratic leaders and activists see is not what our party has become two decades into the 21st century. James Bacchus, WSJ, "Democrats, Free Trade Is Your Destiny," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955, in the meaning defined above

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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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