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Definitions for improbable
ɪmˈprɒb ə bəlim·prob·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. improbable, unlikelyadjective

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

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

  2. improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikelyadjective

    having a probability too low to inspire belief

  3. improbable, marvelous, marvellous, tall(a)adjective

    too improbable to admit of belief

    "a tall story"


  1. improbableadjective

    Not likely to be true.

    It's highly improbable that aliens abducted you.

  2. improbableadjective

    Not likely to happen.

    Due to the loss of power, it is improbable that we will begin on time.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Improbableadjective

    Unlikely; incredible.

    Etymology: improbable, Fr. improbabilis, Lat. in and probable.

    This account of party-patches will appear improbable to those who live at a distance from the fashionable world. Addis.


  1. improbable

    Improbable refers to something that is unlikely to happen or considered as not being likely to be true or to occur. It relates to something having a very low probability or chance of occurrence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improbableadjective

    not probable; unlikely to be true; not to be expected under the circumstances or in the usual course of events; as, an improbable story or event

  2. Etymology: [L. improbabilis; pref. im- not + probabilis probable: cf. F. improbable. See Probable.]


  1. Improbable

    Improbable is a 2005 science fiction thriller novel by Adam Fawer, about a gambler who gains the power to predict the future. It was awarded the 2006 International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Improbable

    im-prob′a-bl, adj. unlikely.—n. Improbabil′ity.—adv. Improb′ably.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of improbable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of improbable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of improbable in a Sentence

  1. Phil Lounibos:

    What Oxitec is trying to spin is that it's highly improbable that there will be negative consequences of this foreign DNA entering someone that's bitten by an Oxitec mosquito, i'm on their side, in that consequences are highly unlikely. But to say that there's no genetically modified DNA that might get into a human, that's kind of a gray matter.

  2. John Biever:

    This is what fans do in March Madness. We root for the underdog. We root for the improbable. That’s why we love this tournament so much, this is the ultimate storyline. The tough kid from Queens who got hurt in the NCAA tournament and couldn't play — couldn't finish out his career — now gets the chance to coach a tough, gritty team that’s become the darling of the country, and so we literally have – I wouldn’t say David vs. Goliath — but Shaheen vs. Goliath this weekend.

  3. Cory Remsburg:

    Taking on a challenge that probably was viewed by some as improbable, this was going to be both physically hard, and would make me 'e tougher mentally as well, sharing that with other veterans was very rewarding. We were all there with stories to talk about.

  4. Rami Ismail:

    It was an incredibly bittersweet ending with tremendous room for interpretation and conversation, from what we've seen so far,' The Last of Us II' does not seem to hold any punches, and once again showcases the improbable level of craft and borderline unhealthy levels of effort by its creators.

  5. William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night", Act 3 scene 4:

    If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

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