improbable

adjective im·prob·a·ble \ (ˌ)im-ˈprä-bə-bəl , -ˈpräb-bəl \

Definition of improbable

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

improbability

play \(ˌ)im-ˌprä-bə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

improbably

play \(ˌ)im-ˈprä-bə-blē, -ˈpräb-blē\ adverb

Examples of improbable in a Sentence

  1. The team made an improbable comeback.

  2. it seems improbable that the two writers never met since they traveled in the same social circles

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Origin and Etymology of improbable

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


IMPROBABLE Defined for English Language Learners

improbable

adjective

Definition of improbable for English Language Learners

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


IMPROBABLE Defined for Kids

improbable

adjective im·prob·a·ble \ im-ˈprä-bə-bəl \

Definition of improbable for Students

:not likely :not probable
  • improbable stories

improbably

\-blē\ adverb
  • an improbably happy ending


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