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

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.
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First Known Use of counterintuitive

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterintuitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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