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unlikelihood

[uhn-lahyk-lee-hoo d] /ʌnˈlaɪk liˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being unlikely; improbability.
Origin of unlikelihood
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; unlikely + -hood
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Examples from the Web for unlikelihood
Contemporary Examples
  • He recognizes the immense popularity the party enjoys among Shiites, and the unlikelihood that this will change any time soon.

Historical Examples
  • The priori likelihood or unlikelihood of a Kelt-iberic mixture.

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
  • The impossibilities of place, the unlikelihood of circumstances, the most incredible disguises will not lead him astray.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • We are affrighted at unlikelihood; and, as in this case, the greatest unlikelihood often proves to be the truth.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • Then the unlikelihood of the conclusion came, and he wondered whether they had really been there.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Yet there is a final wail of despair at the unlikelihood of any change for good being effected.

  • The extremes are the best; the former for their intrinsic value, the latter from their unlikelihood to mislead.

  • The good-natured smile that passed between them, proved the unlikelihood of this, and Old Salt went on.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • The unlikelihood of the derivation lies in the modification of the sounds, and I felt that unlikelihood as you have done.

  • In the unlikelihood of there being such a person, I could speak of Monsieur de Merri without much danger of suspicion.

    The Bright Face of Danger Robert Neilson Stephens

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