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Contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true)
- ‘He approached the trial-and-error three-year project like one of his counter-intuitive mathematical problems.’
- ‘My counter-intuitive feeling is that the constant exhortations of the need for leaders does not come from ordinary Australians but from certain elites.’
- ‘The results of Experiment 1 paint an interesting, and counter-intuitive, picture.’
- ‘The latter point may sound counter-intuitive, but one advantage of raising children is that you learn to take knocks.’
- ‘It seems a little counter-intuitive to call a 12-day-old baby a stranger.’
- ‘These may be private associations, private pleasures, and it is counter-intuitive to parade them in public.’
- ‘That theory sounded counter-intuitive to me at first.’
- ‘I must confess that most of my readers have found my argument utterly counter-intuitive and contrary to their personal experience.’
- ‘If they want to protect their family from financial hardship in case they can no longer earn an income, it seems counter-intuitive to opt for a product with such limited scope for paying out.’
- ‘And doesn't it sound counter-intuitive to have an anti-littering campaign that you don't tell anyone about?’
- ‘Well let's go inside, because people say that the sound is worse inside the house, which seems counter-intuitive really.’
- ‘It seems counter-intuitive, but third degree burns are the most severe.’
- ‘To some extent, the notion of ambivalence is counter-intuitive because it contradicts the traditional notion that attitudes are either positive or negative.’
- ‘And what we're finding which is especially curious, is that the results are counter-intuitive.’
- ‘The trick is again counter-intuitive: instead of accelerating rapidly when traffic gets going, travel more slowly.’
- ‘The mothers are showing a typical male profile, and that's counter-intuitive since you would expect them to be showing a more typical female profile.’
- ‘This diagnosis, though counter-intuitive, is simply right, I think.’
- ‘Analysts who depended heavily upon intuition for their discoveries were rather dismayed at this counter-intuitive function.’
- ‘Instead, what Harford has done is convey the excitement, the power, and the often counter-intuitive results of economic thought.’
- ‘Such a view also has the unappealing consequence that a life devoid of ambition is more likely to be meaningful than one full of ambition, and this seems counter-intuitive.’
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