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unlikely

[ uhn-lahyk-lee ]SEE DEFINITION OF unlikely

Synonyms for unlikely

  • absurd
  • implausible
  • improbable
  • inconceivable
  • incredible
  • rare
  • remote
  • strange
  • unbelievable
  • contrary
  • doubtful
  • dubious
  • faint
  • not likely
  • out of the ordinary
  • outside chance
  • questionable
  • slight
  • unconvincing
  • unheard-of
  • unimaginable
  • untoward
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Antonyms for unlikely

  • believable
  • common
  • credible
  • likely
  • plausible
  • possible
  • probable
  • reasonable
  • regular
  • tenable
  • usual
  • imaginable
  • probably
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNLIKELY

The arrangements your father has made is one of provision against the unlikely.

Such a proceeding was not unlikely; it was not, however, the one she adopted.

Diligent enquiry there, in likely and unlikely places, proved fruitless.

At this time he is not unlikely to eat our sprouting lettuce and peas.

Of course there was a chance that he might encounter the latter, but he thought it unlikely.

Indeed, but for these factors it is unlikely that the affair could ever have taken place at all.

It is unlikely that two lawyers will be in hiding at the same time in the same district.

Still, here and there the green was pushing its way up in unlikely places.

If the separators are in good condition, a short circuit is unlikely to occur.

And it is not unlikely that some of their toys had amused the youth of their grandfather.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "not likely to occur," from un- (1) + likely. Cf. Old Norse ulikligr, Middle Danish uligelig. Meaning "not likely to be true" is recorded from 1590s.

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