- The definition of counterintuitive is something that goes against what you believe would be logical, or something that goes against common sense.
When treating someone badly makes him like you more instead of less, this is an example of something that is counterintuitive.
counterintuitive definition by Webster's New World
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contrary to an intuitive belief or to common-sense expectations
counterintuitive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Contrary to what intuition or common sense would indicate: “Scientists made clear what may at first seem counterintuitive, that the capacity to be pleasant toward a fellow creature is … hard work” (Natalie Angier).
- counˌter·in·tuˈi·tive·ly adverb
counterintuitive - Computer Definition
Contrary to intuition, instinct, or commonsense expectations. See also normal.