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Definition of Unlikely


  1. Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely.
  2. Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.
  3. Not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable.
  4. In an unlikely manner.

Unlikely Quotations

Nothing is black or white, nothing's 'us or them.' But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.
Dave Matthews

Courage is found in unlikely places.
J. R. R. Tolkien

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
P. J. O'Rourke

Global poverty is a complex web of interlinked problems. There is no one 'silver bullet' that will solve global inequality. Multiple contributing factors must be tackled in parallel. Yes, education alone is unlikely to lead to employment without economic reform to address the demand side in much of the developing world.
Adam Braun

A voyage to Europe in the summer of 1921 gave me the first opportunity of observing the wonderful blue opalescence of the Mediterranean Sea. It seemed not unlikely that the phenomenon owed its origin to the scattering of sunlight by the molecules of the water.
C. V. Raman
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Unlikely Translations

unlikely in French is improbable
unlikely in German is ungleich, unwahrscheinlich
unlikely in Spanish is improbable, inverosimil
unlikely in Swedish is osannolik
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