unlikely

[uhn-lahyk-lee]
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:
1325–75; Middle English unlikli. See un-1, likely

unlikeliness, noun
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unlikely (ʌnˈlaɪklɪ)
 
adj
not likely; improbable
 
un'likeliness
 
n
 
un'likelihood
 
n

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Idioms & Phrases

unlikely

see in the unlikely event.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Nor is it unlikely that the confluence of many attributes may have conferred it
  on him.
But underwater, it's home to a surprising animal that has managed to survive in
  this inhospitable and unlikely habitat.
Researchers have known for years that people who easily become tipsy are
  unlikely to become alcoholics.
Even at this early stage it struck me as unlikely that a civilization could
  have declined continuously for a thousand years.
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