Definitions for unlikelyʌnˈlaɪk li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•like•lyʌnˈlaɪk li(adj.; adv.)-li•er, -li•est

  1. (adj.)not likely to be or occur; improbable; doubtful.

  2. holding little prospect of success; unpromising.

  3. (adv.)in an unlikely way.

Origin of unlikely:

1325–75

un•like′li•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. improbable, unlikely(adj)

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

    "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event"

  2. unlikely(adj)

    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"

  3. improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely(adj)

    having a probability too low to inspire belief

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. unlikely(adjective)ʌnˈlaɪk li

    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.

  2. unlikelyʌnˈlaɪk li

    not easy to believe

    an unlikely story about the car breaking down

Wiktionary

  1. unlikely(Noun)

    Something or somebody considered unlikely.

  2. unlikely(Adverb)

    In an improbable manner.

  3. unlikely(Adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unlikely(adj)

    not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely

  2. Unlikely(adj)

    not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means

  3. Unlikely(adj)

    not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable

  4. Unlikely(adverb)

    in an unlikely manner

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1812

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3176

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unlikely' in Adjectives Frequency: #237


Translations for unlikely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

unlikely(adjective)

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.

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