Definitions for unlikelyʌnˈlaɪk li
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•like•lyʌnˈlaɪk li(adj.; adv.)-li•er, -li•est
(adj.)not likely to be or occur; improbable; doubtful.
holding little prospect of success; unpromising.
(adv.)in an unlikely way.
Origin of unlikely:
not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred
"legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event"
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"
improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely(adj)
having a probability too low to inspire belief
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
without a strong chance of happening or succeeding
It's unlikely (that) they'll be here before dark.; You're unlikely to get tickets now.
not easy to believe
an unlikely story about the car breaking down
Something or somebody considered unlikely.
In an improbable manner.
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.
It's very unlikely that you'll be able to walk perfectly after being in a cast for six months.
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
not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable
in an unlikely manner
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1812
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3176
Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Adjectives Frequency: #237
Translations for unlikely
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not likely or probable
an unlikely explanation for his absence; She's unlikely to arrive before 7.00 p.m.; It is unlikely that she will come.
- غَيْر مُحْتَمَلArabic
- improvávelPortuguese (BR)
- usandsynlig; næppeDanish
- απίθανος, αδύνατοςGreek
- לא מִתקַבֵּל עַל הַדַעַתHebrew
- slabo vjerojatan, nesiguranCroatian
- nem valószínű, hogy; valószínűtlenHungarian
- 있을 법하지도 않은Korean
- neįtikėtinas, vargu ar galimasLithuanian
- nedomājams; neticams; neiespējamsLatvian
- tdk mungkinMalay
- usannsynlig, lite troligNorwegian
- ناشونې، بې احتمالهPashto
- pouco provávelPortuguese
- improbabil, puţin probabilRomanian
- неправдоподобный; маловероятныйRussian
- malo verjetenSlovenian
- malo verovatanSerbian
- olası olmayanTurkish
- 未必的Chinese (Trad.)
- неправдоподібний, малоймовірнийUkrainian
- نا ممکنUrdu
- không chắc xảy ra, không chắc đúngVietnamese
- 未必的Chinese (Simp.)
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