[koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-] /ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/
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.
(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense
intelligence collected about enemy espionage
also counter-intuitive, 1955, from counter- + intuitive.
[koun-ter-ir-i-tuh nt] /ˌkaʊn tərˈɪr ɪ tənt/ noun 1. Medicine/Medical. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures. 2. any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another. adjective 3. Medicine/Medical. of or acting as a counterirritant. /ˌkaʊntərˈɪrɪtənt/ noun 1. an agent that causes a superficial irritation […]
[koun-ter-ahy-uh n, -ahy-on] /ˈkaʊn tərˌaɪ ən, -ˌaɪ ɒn/ noun, Physical Chemistry. 1. an in solution that associates itself with an of opposite charge on the surface of a member of a solute.
counterirritation coun·ter·ir·ri·ta·tion (koun’tər-ĭr’ĭ-tā’shən) n. Irritation or mild inflammation produced to relieve inflammation of underlying or adjacent tissues.
[koun-ter-juhm-per] /ˈkaʊn tərˌdʒʌm pər/ noun, Slang: Older Use. 1. a clerk in a retail store.