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adjective as in contrary to common sense

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This counterintuitive result is perhaps explained by the fact that quarterbacks often hold the ball longer when their receivers are covered, or when the defense is giving them a look that they’re not used to seeing.

Prioritize time for restorative and protective careIt may sound counterintuitive to recommend carving out time for something other than work when you are totally behind on work, but this time matters.

The study of the human immune system and how vaccines influence it is complex and sometimes counterintuitive, and the deployment of a new method for immunization based on mRNA has made it all the more confusing.

Such counterintuitive behavior can be harnessed to allow new types of communication.

That someone who has built her brand on the concept of decluttering your life and your home would then sell you more things strikes some as counterintuitive.

From Fortune

But his solution to this metastasizing threat is, in some ways, counterintuitive.

Freed from her guitar, but wearing counterintuitive pumps, she leaned back like a trapeze artist.

That such a victory would be seen as a surprise would have seemed counterintuitive not so long ago.

It was a delightful, counterintuitive concept, perfectly suited to the philosophy, attitude, and technology of the Internet.

The fact that atheists are apparently as moral as believers will be counterintuitive to some.


On this page you'll find 23 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to counterintuitive, such as: unreasonable, faulty, illogical, implausible, nonsensical, and absurd.

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