un·​like·​li·​hood | \ ˌən-ˈlī-klē-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce unlikelihood (audio) \

Definition of unlikelihood

2 : something unlikely

Examples of unlikelihood in a Sentence

Given the unlikelihood of a tax increase, these programs will probably run out of funding next year.
Recent Examples on the Web And even with only eight regular-season games, and the unlikelihood of a playoff format, Hall and her teammates are eager to get started. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com, 23 Apr. 2021 The unlikelihood of success is not a reason to wink at the audience but rather a reason to root for their victory and hold our breath when defeat seems imminent. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 24 June 2021 At the same time, Moss said Medina Spirit should be allowed to run in the Preakness and that fans should understand the unlikelihood of Baffert using a tiny amount of the anti-inflammatory drug as a performance enhancer. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 10 May 2021 In his Courier Journal column, Paul also highlighted the extreme unlikelihood that someone who already had COVID-19 will get infected again as part of his rationale for skipping the coronavirus vaccine. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 28 May 2021 But beyond the unlikelihood of this systemic overhaul, there are a number of changes that hospitals and treatment centers can make. Ayana Byrd, Health.com, 23 Apr. 2021 The pushback also illustrates the unlikelihood of a quick transition to post-pandemic life. Lev Facher, STAT, 3 Apr. 2021 Given the unlikelihood of that happening, lawsuits are expected. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 Bryant will easily be the top third baseman hitting the free agent market considering the unlikelihood that St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado will opt out. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unlikelihood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unlikelihood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlikelihood. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unlikelihood

: the chance that something will not happen or not be true : the quality or state of being unlikely

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