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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-]
    • /ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/
    • /kaʊntərɪnˈtjuːɪtɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koun-ter-in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-]
    • /ˌkaʊn tər ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/

Definitions of counterintuitive word

  • adjective counterintuitive (of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense 3
  • adjective counterintuitive intelligence collected about enemy espionage 3
  • adjective counterintuitive contrary to an intuitive belief or to common-sense expectations 3
  • adjective counterintuitive 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. 1
  • noun counterintuitive Contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true). 1
  • adjective counterintuitive Contrary to intuition or common sense. 0

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Origin of counterintuitive

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
First recorded in 1960-65; counter- + intuitive

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Parts of speech for Counterintuitive


counterintuitive popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for counterintuitive

adj counterintuitive

  • unreasonable — not reasonable or rational; acting at variance with or contrary to reason; not guided by reason or sound judgment; irrational: an unreasonable person.
  • illogical — not logical; contrary to or disregardful of the rules of logic; unreasoning: an illogical reply.
  • nonsensical — (of words or language) having little or no meaning; making little or no sense: A baby's babbling is appealingly nonsensical.
  • faulty — having faults or defects; imperfect.
  • implausible — not plausible; not having the appearance of truth or credibility: an implausible alibi.

Antonyms for counterintuitive

adj counterintuitive

  • intuitive — perceiving directly by intuition without rational thought, as a person or the mind.
  • reasonable — agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
  • analytical — An analytical way of doing something involves the use of logical reasoning.
  • understandable — capable of being understood; comprehensible.
  • legitimate — according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.

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