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 (koun′tər-ĭn-to͞o′ĭ-tĭv, -tyo͞o′-)
Contrary to what intuition or common sense would indicate: "Scientists made clear what may at first seem counterintuitive, that the capacity to be pleasant toward a fellow creature is ... hard work" (Natalie Angier).

coun′ter·in·tu′i·tive·ly adv.


1. (of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
2. (Military) intelligence collected about enemy espionage


(ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-)

counter to what intuition would lead one to expect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.counterintuitive - contrary to what common sense would suggest
unreasonable - not reasonable; not showing good judgment
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