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counterintuitive

[ koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu- /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of counterintuitive

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + intuitive
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British Dictionary definitions for counterintuitive

counterintuitive
/ (ˌkaʊntərɪnˈtjuːɪtɪv) /

adjective
(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
intelligence collected about enemy espionage
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