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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.

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

    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. Christopher Reeve, From speech at Democratic National Convention, August 1996:

    So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

  2. Eike Schmidt:

    It is highly improbable that this lock (of hair), which was presented like a (religious) relic, would be in anyway related to Leonardo da Vinci.

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

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

  4. Will Freeman:

    Year after year, it never happened. This year it was improbable, we hit every pothole, every bump you could possibly hit this year, and somehow the car still made it onto the other side. It’s just an incredible group.

  5. Conan Doyle:

    ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. rumpus
    • B. abduct
    • C. abhor
    • D. famish

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