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Dictionary Definition

unlikely adj
1 not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred; "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event" [syn: improbable] [ant: probable]
2 has little chance of being the case or coming about; "an unlikely story"; "an unlikely candidate for reelection"; "a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism" [ant: likely]
3 having a probability to low to inspire belief [syn: improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing]

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English

Etymology

un- + likely

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.

Translations

Not likely

Adverb

unlikely
  1. In an unlikely manner.

Translations

In an unlikely manner

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