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

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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 The unlikeliness of a relationship working with such geographic challenges seemed like nothing compared to the odds of finding each other in San Francisco and falling in love again. Katie Macbride, Longreads, "Chasing Drinks with Lies, and Lies with Drinks," 27 Apr. 2018 White House talking points circulated to Trump allies — published Tuesday by The Washington Examiner — support the unlikeliness of that scenario as well. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will Trump consider gun control? His allies wonder, despite his leaked talking points," 4 Oct. 2017 The problem isn’t the unlikeliness that Harry would even know his way around a toolbox. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Phony rom-com ‘Home Again’ wastes fine cast," 7 Sep. 2017 Ultimately, the unlikeliness of the Dawson, its subtle and grand strangeness, comes from wandering around and letting Dawson happen to you. Caro Clark, GQ, "Dawson City Is in the Middle of Nowhere and That's Precisely Why You Should Go There," 25 Aug. 2017

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circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

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