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.

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Perlmutter also noted the unlikelihood of getting two-thirds support for impeachment in the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Jason Crow backs impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump," 31 July 2019 Now that the end is in sight, a part of Labarbe seems to have trouble believing the unlikelihood of everything that has unfolded. Chris O'brien, latimes.com, "A dusty old painting turned up in an attic in France. It may sell for $100 million," 25 June 2019 Despite the bitter fight and the bill’s unlikelihood to move anywhere past the House, Dreamers seated in the gallery during Tuesday’s vote kept hope alive. Essence, "House Moves To Give 'Dreamers' Legal Path To Citizenship," 5 June 2019 The flagrant unlikelihood of anyone in today’s White House ingesting a book of poems, much less consulting Tracy K. Smith, our current laureate, on any matter, is apparent. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Scorching, Sophisticated New Work From Two of America’s Leading Poets," 16 Apr. 2018 The Senate vote is a hard-fought victory for net neutrality supporters despite the unlikelihood that the resolution will pass the House. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Senate votes to save net neutrality — but House vote looms," 16 May 2018 After the Panic of 1873 and the Democratic takeover of the House the following year, the unlikelihood shrank to the vanishing point. Allen C. Guelzo, Time, "Reconstruction Didn't Fail. It Was Overthrown," 30 Apr. 2018 But many have pointed out the unlikelihood of her hacking claims. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Joy-Ann Reid Apologizes For Controversial Comments In Old Blog Posts," 28 Apr. 2018 Given the unlikelihood that Apple will ever plow that money into a monster deal, the company is right to give back some of the largess. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple’s Big Payday Will Only Go So Far," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unlikelihood

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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