counterintuitive

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from counterintuitive

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The stock-picking push is counterintuitive in the hedge-fund industry. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "D.E. Shaw Is a Quant King. Its Humans Are Losing Money," 8 Nov. 2018 The increasingly expensive configurations for the Model 3 are planned steps, if somewhat counterintuitive ones, toward Musk's vision of Tesla as a mass-production player with vehicles affordable to a broader swath of buyers. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Elon Musk announces $78,000 version of Tesla Model 3 — unaffordable for the masses," 21 May 2018 To go deeper into print in our digital age seems almost counterintuitive. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "10+ Magazine Is the New Boxed Publication From Fashion Stylist and Publisher Sophia Neophitou," 22 Nov. 2018 The same kind of counterintuitive finding pops up in the research on people who stand a lot for work. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.," 20 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'counterintuitive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about counterintuitive

Statistics for counterintuitive

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for counterintuitive

The first known use of counterintuitive was in 1955

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for counterintuitive

counterintuitive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of counterintuitive

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

More from Merriam-Webster on counterintuitive

Nglish: Translation of counterintuitive for Spanish Speakers

Comments on counterintuitive

What made you want to look up counterintuitive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!