un·​like·​li·​ness | \ ˌən-ˈlī-klē-nəs How to pronounce unlikeliness (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web At the end, everyone — including Billy Ray Cyrus, whose appearance on the original remix vaulted the song to pop novelty infamy — convened together, dancing and partying and generally indulging in the utterly absurd unlikeliness of it all. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "A Big Night for the Grammys’ Rookie Class," 27 Jan. 2020 On Weibo, a Twitter-like social media service, many people questioned the silence from the provincial authorities in particular, pointing out the unlikeliness that only those people who left the country were found to be carrying the virus. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China is trying to stop the spread of a deadly new virus at the worst possible time of year," 20 Jan. 2020 There’s more to the collaboration than just the unlikeliness of it, however. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Hashtag: Danger' Became an Adventure Comic for the Twitter Age," 9 Dec. 2019 Bob Hearts Abishola, on CBS, finds time between fart jokes to marvel at the apparent unlikeliness of a folksy white sock mogul (Billy Gardell) falling for his Nigerian nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku). Judy Berman, Time, "I Watched All 16 New Network Shows. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t," 18 Sep. 2019 But our best defense here is the sheer unlikeliness that an asteroid of that size will hit us in the first place. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "A “city-killing” asteroid just zipped by Earth. Why didn’t we see it coming?," 26 July 2019 Iron Man shouldn’t work, but its very unlikeliness is part of its charm. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "From Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home: all 23 Marvel movies, ranked," 26 Oct. 2017 Candes compares the unlikeliness of the result to being given just the first three digits of a 10-digit bank account number, and correctly guessing the remaining seven digits. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come," 4 Oct. 2013 Even ignoring that a few could be traded, and the unlikeliness that any group of six ballplayers perform as expected across three years, that's a lot of time and roster spots to improve. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Not just bad but historically so — how the Royals can (eventually) laugh at 2018," 22 June 2018

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circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

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“Unlikeliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlikeliness. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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