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improbable

[im-prob-uh-buh l] /ɪmˈprɒb ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not probable; unlikely to be true or to happen:
Rain is improbable tonight.
Origin of improbable
1590-1600
From the Latin word improbābilis, dating back to 1590-1600. See im-2, probable
Related forms
improbably, adverb
improbableness, noun
superimprobable, adjective
superimprobableness, noun
superimprobably, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
questionable, doubtful, implausible.
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Examples from the Web for improbably
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  • Not improbably, the public may yet be gratified with this collection.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Still, Eirek's Paradise may not improbably have been Ceylon.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor
  • Trafford, not improbably, ruling some rajah's kingdom in the far East.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • It will be my duty to write to him in a few days, and not improbably with the same result.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • There would have been a scene, of course; and she, not improbably, might have told her father.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for improbably

improbable

/ɪmˈprɒbəbəl/
adjective
1.
not likely or probable; doubtful; unlikely
Derived Forms
improbability, improbableness, noun
improbably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for improbably

improbable

adj.

1590s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + probable, or else from Latin improbabilis. Related: Improbably.

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