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unlikely

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adjective un·like·ly \-ˈlī-klē\

Simple Definition of unlikely

  • : not likely

  • : not seeming to be right or suited for a purpose

Full Definition of unlikely

  1. 1 :  not likely :  improbable <an unlikely outcome>

  2. 2 :  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of unlikely

14th century


UNLIKELY Defined for Kids

unlikely

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adjective un·like·ly \ən-ˈlī-klē\

Definition of unlikely

un·like·li·erun·like·li·est

  1. 1 :  not likely <an unlikely story>

  2. 2 :  not promising <This is an unlikely place for fishing.>





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