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Meaning of unlikely by Wiktionary Dictionary

unlikely


    Etymology

    un- +‎ likely

    Adjective

    unlikely ( comparative unlikelier or more unlikely, superlative unlikeliest or most unlikely )

    1. 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 .

    Adverb

    unlikely

    1. In an improbable manner .

    Noun

    unlikely ( plural: unlikelies )

    1. Something or somebody considered unlikely.

    See also

    • unlikely in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of unlikely by Wordnet Dictionary

unlikely


    Adjective
    1. has little chance of being the case or coming about

    2. an unlikely story
      an unlikely candidate for reelection
      a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism
    3. not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred

    4. legislation on the question is highly unlikely
    5. having a probability too low to inspire belief



    Definition of unlikely by GCIDE Dictionary

    unlikely


    1. Unlikely, a.
      1. Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, “an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely.”

      2. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, “unlikely means”. Hooker.

      3. Not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable. [Obs.] “The unlikely eld of me.” Chaucer.

    2. Unlikely, adv. In an unlikely manner.