[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.


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