non·​in·​tu·​i·​tive | \ ˌnän-in-ˈtü-ə-tiv How to pronounce nonintuitive (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of nonintuitive

: not intuitive: such as
a : not readily learned or understood Working with a nonintuitive interface causes many programmers to make mistakes.— Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
b : not based on or agreeing with intuition nonintuitive results

Examples of nonintuitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Muons owe their current fame to a quirk of quantum mechanics, the nonintuitive rules that underlie the atomic realm. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 The research applies to quantum computers — computers that perform calculations according to the nonintuitive rules of quantum mechanics. Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2019 Even just the nonintuitive choice to abstain from making Mrs. J the protagonist allows for narrative maneuvers that would otherwise be impossible. Alice Gregory, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2017 Treehouse is an intuitive program for a nonintuitive, nonlinear form of storytelling, and Bloch is adept at demonstrating it. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2007

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First Known Use of nonintuitive

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonintuitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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