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

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Recent Examples on the Web Heather Collins, a West Los Angeles salon owner and Green party candidate, acknowledged the unlikeliness of her bid. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Additionally, Blunt pointed out the unlikeliness that any Republican senator would vote for raising the corporation tax just four years after passing legislation that lowered it. Davone Morales And Jack Arnholz, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2021 The stellar writing and performances more than make up for the unlikeliness, though, in a series that is just good, intelligent, long-term company. Lauren Hill, chicagotribune.com, 22 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 20 Jan. 2020 There’s more to the collaboration than just the unlikeliness of it, however. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, 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, 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, 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of unlikeliness

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 23 Jan. 2022.

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