[koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-]


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

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + intuitive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
intelligence collected about enemy espionage
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Word Origin and History for counterintuitive

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

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