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unlikely

[uhn-lahyk-lee] /ʌnˈlaɪk li/
adjective, unlikelier, unlikeliest.
1.
not likely to be or occur; improbable; marked by doubt.
2.
holding little prospect of success; unpromising; likely to fail:
He is an unlikely candidate for reelection.
3.
not ingratiating; objectionable.
adverb
4.
in an unlikely way.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English unlikli. See un-1, likely
Related forms
unlikeliness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for un likeliness

unlikely

/ʌnˈlaɪklɪ/
adjective
1.
not likely; improbable
Derived Forms
unlikeliness, unlikelihood, noun
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Word Origin and History for un likeliness

unlikely

adj.

late 14c., "not likely to occur," from un- (1) + likely. Cf. Old Norse ulikligr, Middle Danish uligelig. Meaning "not likely to be true" is recorded from 1590s.

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Idioms and Phrases with un likeliness

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