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Definitions and Synonyms of unlikely | Another word for unlikely | What is unlikely?

Definition 1: has little chance of being the case or coming about - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unlikely or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unlikely story
  • an unlikely candidate for reelection
  • a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism

(unlikely is similar to ...) (of a theory or explanation) highly imaginative but unlikely and unconvincing

"a farfetched excuse"

(unlikely is similar to ...) most unlikely or unsuitable

"the last person we would have suspected" "the last man they would have chosen for the job"

(unlikely is similar to ...) very unlikely

"an outside chance" "a remote possibility" "a remote contingency"

(... are attributes of unlikely) the probability of a specified outcome

Definition 2: not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unlikely or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • legislation on the question is highly unlikely
  • an improbable event

Synonyms for unlikely in the sense of this definition

(unlikely is similar to ...) mistakenly believed

"the supposed existence of ghosts"

Definition 3: having a probability too low to inspire belief - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for unlikely in the sense of this definition

(unlikely is similar to ...) having a quality that provokes disbelief

"gave the teacher an implausible excuse"

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