adjective un·like·ly \-ˈlī-klē\

: not likely

: not seeming to be right or suited for a purpose

Full Definition of UNLIKELY

:  not likely :  improbable <an unlikely outcome>
:  likely to fail :  unpromising

Examples of UNLIKELY

  1. He was an unlikely candidate for the position.
  2. A big city seems like an unlikely place to find wildlife.
  3. I received support from an unlikely ally.

First Known Use of UNLIKELY

14th century


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