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improbability

[im-prob-uh-bil-i-tee, im-prob-] /ɪmˌprɒb əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌɪm prɒb-/
noun, plural improbabilities for 2.
1.
the quality or condition of being improbable; unlikelihood.
2.
something improbable or unlikely.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; improbable + -ity
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Examples from the web for improbability
  • And while this melodrama's plot shows the holes of improbability here and there, it is a story swiftly and graphically told.
  • The sheer improbability of that has led many to argue that flight couldn't have been a product of evolution by natural selection.
  • Today it is difficult to appreciate the audacity and improbability of its success.
  • Faced with such overwhelming improbability, cosmologists have offered up several possible explanations.
  • We granted certiorari to review whether the court of appeals misconstrued the scope of the inherent improbability doctrine.
  • The overall site was chosen based on its ease of access to researchers, and improbability of disturbance by others.
  • The improbability of that will be evident as the bill is followed through the legislative toils.
Word Origin and History for improbability
n.

1590s, "fact or quality of being improbably;" see improbable + -ity. Meaning "an instance of something improbable" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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