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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.
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Adv.1.counterintuitively - in a counterintuitive manner
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The problem arises because the locus of value in Kantian ethics is rationality, which (counterintuitively) seems to entail that there are no duties to groups of beings like children.
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I hope you'll push past this urge to defend yourself and instead, counterintuitively, make yourself more vulnerable: "You're just joking, I'm sure, but it stings.
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