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Meaning & Definition of Unlikely in English

English

Unlikely

/ənlaɪkli/

adjective

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

  • "Legislation on the question is highly unlikely"
  • "An improbable event"
    synonym:
  • improbable
  • ,
  • unlikely

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"
    synonym:
  • unlikely

3. Having a probability too low to inspire belief

    synonym:
  • improbable
  • ,
  • unbelievable
  • ,
  • unconvincing
  • ,
  • unlikely

Examples of using

I fell in love in an unlikely place.
It's very unlikely that any evidence will turn up to prove Tom's guilt.
It's very unlikely that Tom will be fired.