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UNLIKELY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unlikely mean? 

UNLIKELY (adjective)
  The adjective UNLIKELY has 3 senses:

1. not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred
2. has little chance of being the case or coming about
3. having a probability too low to inspire belief

  Familiarity information: UNLIKELY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNLIKELY (adjective)


Sense 1unlikely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred

Synonyms:

improbable; unlikely

Context examples:

legislation on the question is highly unlikely / an improbable event

Similar:

supposed (mistakenly believed)


Sense 2unlikely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Has little chance of being the case or coming about

Context examples:

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

Similar:

farfetched; implausible (highly imaginative but unlikely)

last (most unlikely or unsuitable)

outside; remote (very unlikely)

Attribute:

likelihood; likeliness (the probability of a specified outcome)

Antonym:

likely (has a good chance of being the case or of coming about)


Sense 3unlikely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a probability too low to inspire belief

Synonyms:

improbable; unbelievable; unconvincing; unlikely

Similar:

implausible (having a quality that provokes disbelief)


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