What does unlikely mean?

Definitions for unlikely
ʌnˈlaɪk liun·like·ly

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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. unlikelyadjective

    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, unlikelyadjective

    having a probability too low to inspire belief


  1. unlikelynoun

    Something or somebody considered unlikely.

  2. unlikelyadverb

    In an improbable manner.

  3. unlikelyadjective

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unlikelyadjective

    Suspicion Mopsa; for a very unlikely envy she hath stumbled upon. Philip Sidney.

    My advice and actions both have met
    Success in things unlikely. John Denham, Sophy.

    This collection we thought not only unlikely to reach the future, but unworthy of the present age. Jonathan Swift.

    Effects are miraculous and strange, when they grow by unlikely means. Richard Hooker.

  2. Unlikelyadverb


    The pleasures we are to enjoy in that conversation, not unlikely may proceed from the discoveries each shall communicate to another, of God and nature. Alexander Pope.


  1. Unlikely

    Unlikely is the second album by Brazilian stoner rock band Far from Alaska, released on 4 August 2017. It was recorded in the United States, produced by Sylvia Massy and financed via a crowdfunding campaign. It is their last album with bassist Edu Filgueira, who left the band in January 2018.The band sees the album as a more unpretentious and free work than its predecessor, modeHuman, and believes it to be more representative of what they really are. They wanted to create songs that were easier to sing along in shows and that could be easily played with an acoustic guitar in a circle of friends, for example. In studio, the members, encouraged by Masy, experimented with a couple of different things, like playing synths with the cables going through electricity-conducting food. Like modeHuman, Unlikely was well received by the critics.


  1. unlikely

    Unlikely refers to something that is not expected to happen, not probable, or has a relatively low possibility of occurrence. It refers to an event or condition deemed to have a small chance of existing or coming true.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unlikelyadjective

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

  2. Unlikelyadjective

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

  3. Unlikelyadjective

    not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable

  4. Unlikelyadverb

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlikely in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlikely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unlikely in a Sentence

  1. Amitabh Dubey:

    Karnataka is significant for the BJP because it needs to outperform in the south and the east of the country to make up for expected losses in the north, in the general election they are unlikely to repeat the same result as the last time in states such as Rajasthan and Gujarat.

  2. Saira Malik:

    A similar rate shock looks unlikely in the near term for a number of reasons : Much of the bad news( Fed hikes, inflation) has already been priced in.

  3. Kim Ng:

    I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, Major League Baseball is the honor of my career to lead The Miami Marlins as General Manager, this challenge is one I don't take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals. My goal is now to bring Championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.

  4. Chris Feltin:

    The big thing here is that business interruption insurance is unlikely to be claimed because the damage isn't direct to their facilities, so this is something that is going to roll through on a revenue and cash-flow basis on the second quarter.

  5. Suzanne Mackie:

    To be honest, whatever the life of The Crown is after where we are now, I doubt well ever go as far into the present day, i think well probably ... we dont travel into the present day. The series currently takes place between 1964 and 1977 and portrays the life of the royal family from the time when the queen was crowned. Harry and Meghan announced on Jan. 8 that they would take a 'step back' as senior members of the royal family and instead work independently, splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America, specifically Canada. (Getty) The shows creator, Peter Morgan, also echoed Mackies sentiment in 2018, telling Entertainment Weekly that Markles likeness was unlikely to be featured in the series simply because its too close to the moment.

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