improbable

[im-prob-uh-buhl]

adjective

not probable; unlikely to be true or to happen: Rain is improbable tonight.

Origin of improbable

From the Latin word improbābilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See im-2, probable
Related formsim·prob·a·bly, adverbim·prob·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·im·prob·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·im·prob·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·im·prob·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedimpossible impracticable impractical improbable

Synonyms for improbable

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Related Words for improbably

remarkably, extraordinarily, improbably, astonishingly

Examples from the Web for improbably

Contemporary Examples of improbably

Historical Examples of improbably

  • 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.

  • 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

adjective

not likely or probable; doubtful; unlikely
Derived Formsimprobability or improbableness, nounimprobably, 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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