im·​prob·​a·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprä-bə-bəl How to pronounce improbable (audio) , -ˈpräb-bəl \

Definition of improbable

: unlikely to be true or to occur also : unlikely but real or true

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improbability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌprä-​bə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce improbability (audio) \ noun
improbably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈprä-​bə-​blē How to pronounce improbably (audio) , -​ˈpräb-​blē \ adverb

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Examples of improbable in a Sentence

The team made an improbable comeback. it seems improbable that the two writers never met since they traveled in the same social circles
Recent Examples on the Web My clearest memory is of the retailing of rumors — outrageous, frightening, seemingly improbable — but who could dispute them? Paul Theroux, New York Times, "Paul Theroux Recalls a Fear-Filled Lockdown," 30 Mar. 2020 Pumas captain Hayden Jaramillo scored an improbable goal in a swarm of defenders as time trickled under 10 seconds. Rob Kleifield, azcentral, "Mesa downs Perry in boys high school soccer tournament play-in contest," 14 Feb. 2020 Yanchuk’s improbable last-minute goal gave Bishop Feehan a thrilling 3-2 win over Westfield at Coughlin Field on Saturday night., "Yanchuk’s improbable last-minute goal gave Bishop Feehan a thrilling 3-2 win over Westfield at Coughlin Field on Saturday night.," 24 Nov. 2019 After the second world war, when debt also soared, the burden was reduced through faster growth, higher taxation, artificial squeezes on interest rates and higher inflation, which all look improbable, unappealing or hard to manage. The Economist, "The week in charts Covid-19’s debt bequest," 24 Apr. 2020 On Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m., the network will re-air the final round of Tiger Woods’ wildly improbable, stirring victory last year. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "It will be a stroll down memory lane, not Magnolia Lane, for Jim Nantz this Masters weekend," 10 Apr. 2020 Her path to the Oval Office at this point looked improbable, if not impossible, and her campaign has been wary of the challenges of competing on Super Tuesday for a while. TheWeek, "Klobuchar is reportedly ending her presidential campaign and endorsing Biden," 2 Mar. 2020 There’s no shot clock in Texas high school basketball, which makes the prospect of completing a fourth-quarter comeback improbable, if not nearly impossible — at least for teams not named Midlothian. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "UIL girls basketball: No. 1 Duncanville powers past Arlington Martin; Midlothian completes improbable fourth-quarter comeback," 29 Feb. 2020 Although perhaps improbable, such risks are taken very seriously. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of improbable

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for improbable

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin improbabilis, from in- + probabilis probable

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The first known use of improbable was in 1598

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“Improbable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of improbable

: not probable : not likely to be true or to happen


im·​prob·​a·​ble | \ im-ˈprä-bə-bəl How to pronounce improbable (audio) \

Kids Definition of improbable

: not likely : not probable improbable stories

Other Words from improbable

improbably \ -​blē \ adverb an improbably happy ending

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