counterintuitive also counter-intuitive, 1955, from COUNTER- (Cf. counter-) + INTUITIVE (Cf. intuitive).

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  • counterintuitive — [kount′ərin to͞o′i tiv, kount′ər intyo͞o′i tiv] adj. contrary to an intuitive belief or to common sense expectations …   English World dictionary

  • Counterintuitive — The word counterintuitive literally means counter to intuition, and so it essentially means that something does not seem right or correct. A counterintuitive proposition is one that does not seem likely to be true when assessed using intuition or …   Wikipedia

  • counterintuitive — /kown teuhr in tooh i tiv, tyooh /, adj. 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. [1960 65; COUNTER + INTUITIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • counterintuitive — adjective Date: 1955 contrary to what one would intuitively expect • counterintuitively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • counterintuitive — adjective Contrary to intuition or common sense. Ant: intuitive See Also: counterintuition …   Wiktionary

  • counterintuitive — count|er|in|tu|i|tive [ ,kauntərın tuıtıv ] adjective opposite to what seems obvious or natural …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • counterintuitive — adj. contrary to what is logical, contrary to intuitive expectations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • counterintuitive — coun·ter·intuitive …   English syllables

  • counterintuitive — UK [ˌkaʊnt(ə)rɪnˈtjuːɪtɪv] / US [ˌkaʊntərɪnˈtuɪtɪv] adjective opposite to what seems obvious or natural …   English dictionary

  • counterintuitive — coun•ter•in•tu•i•tive [[t]ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, ˈtyu [/t]] adj. cvb counter to what intuition would lead one to expect • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

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