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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How to use counterintuitive in a sentence
This counterintuitive result is perhaps explained by the fact that quarterbacks often hold the ball longer when their receivers are covered, or when the defense is giving them a look that they’re not used to seeing.Kansas City’s Banged Up O-Line Has Given Patrick Mahomes Plenty Of Time — Not That He Needs It | Josh Hermsmeyer | February 5, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Prioritize time for restorative and protective careIt may sound counterintuitive to recommend carving out time for something other than work when you are totally behind on work, but this time matters.Why working moms deserve a tantrum (and how to survive the remainder of the pandemic) | Christine Koh | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The study of the human immune system and how vaccines influence it is complex and sometimes counterintuitive, and the deployment of a new method for immunization based on mRNA has made it all the more confusing.
Such counterintuitive behavior can be harnessed to allow new types of communication.
That someone who has built her brand on the concept of decluttering your life and your home would then sell you more things strikes some as counterintuitive.Marie Kondo is back with a new collaboration to keep you organized while staying at home | Rachel King | January 11, 2021 | Fortune
But his solution to this metastasizing threat is, in some ways, counterintuitive.
Freed from her guitar, but wearing counterintuitive pumps, she leaned back like a trapeze artist.
That such a victory would be seen as a surprise would have seemed counterintuitive not so long ago.Kansas Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback Lifted by Rising Tide | Ben Jacobs | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a delightful, counterintuitive concept, perfectly suited to the philosophy, attitude, and technology of the Internet.
The fact that atheists are apparently as moral as believers will be counterintuitive to some.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral | Elizabeth Picciuto | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for counterintuitive
(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
intelligence collected about enemy espionage
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