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improbability

[im-prob-uh-bil-i-tee, im-prob-] /ɪmˌprɒb əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌɪm prɒb-/
noun, plural improbabilities for 2.
1.
the quality or condition of being improbable; unlikelihood.
2.
something improbable or unlikely.
Origin of improbability
1590-1600
1590-1600; improbable + -ity
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  • We have given Mr. Hale's opinion as to the improbability of borrowing.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • She hesitates just a little, then solaces herself with the improbability.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Clennam tried to argue to himself the improbability of Little Dorrit loving him, but he wasn't altogether successful.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • There was neither impossibility nor improbability in any of the three propositions.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • But let us emphasize in passing the improbability of this little picture.

  • To suppose that he would not attack me would have been to suppose an improbability.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • No sooner was the latter possibility suggested, however, than its improbability was recognized.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • I laughed with him at the improbability of such things befalling.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
Word Origin and History for improbability
n.

1590s, "fact or quality of being improbably;" see improbable + -ity. Meaning "an instance of something improbable" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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