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[koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-] /ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/
counter to what intuition would lead one to expect:
The direction we had to follow was counterintuitive—we had to go north first before we went south.
Origin of counterintuitive
1960-65; counter- + intuitive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for counterintuitive
  • It seems counterintuitive for anyone to invest in commercial real estate these days.
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  • On the surface, the theory may seem counterintuitive.
  • While paradoxes abound over the notion of infinity, they reflect our counterintuitive discomfort with the idea.
  • At first glance, an upside-down pyramid is counterintuitive.
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  • These counterintuitive results, the authors say, make sense in light of badgers' natural history.
  • Swirling vortices help dust gather and grow into planets, according to counterintuitive new research.
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British Dictionary definitions for counterintuitive


(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
intelligence collected about enemy espionage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for counterintuitive

also counter-intuitive, 1955, from counter- + intuitive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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