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Syllabification: coun·ter·in·tu·i·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌkoun(t)ərinˈt(y)o͞oədiv

Definition of counterintuitive in English:


Contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true).
Example sentences
  • I must confess that most of my readers have found my argument utterly counter-intuitive and contrary to their personal experience.
  • Instead, what Harford has done is convey the excitement, the power, and the often counter-intuitive results of economic thought.
  • And what we're finding which is especially curious, is that the results are counter-intuitive.



Example sentences
  • Perhaps counter-intuitively, the most comprehensive study of the subject found that clients who were ordered to drug treatment by a judge were more likely to complete the program successfully than those who volunteered for treatment.
  • Or, counter-intuitively, global warming could disrupt the North Atlantic Gulf Stream, thereby ushering in another Ice Age and giving Provence a Siberian climate.
  • What the President has done in this package is move much closer to a world where we tax capital less, enabling, perhaps counter-intuitively, all of us to have higher wages.

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