- not likely to be or occur; improbable; marked by doubt.
- holding little prospect of success; unpromising; likely to fail: He is an unlikely candidate for reelection.
- not ingratiating; objectionable.
- in an unlikely way.
Origin of unlikely
Related Words for unlikelyunbelievable, rare, incredible, improbable, strange, absurd, implausible, remote, inconceivable, contrary, doubtful, dubious, faint, questionable, slight, unconvincing, unheard-of, unimaginable, untoward
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Contemporary Examples of unlikely
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
It was clear to me that I was unlikely ever to see it again.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
But these were technical solutions and unlikely to inspire protests alone.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
The demonic ‘anti-Santa’ enjoys an unlikely renaissance as we learn to embrace our inner pagan.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of unlikely
The arrangements your father has made is one of provision against the unlikely.Weighed and Wanting
Such a proceeding was not unlikely; it was not, however, the one she adopted.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Diligent enquiry there, in likely and unlikely places, proved fruitless.The Inn at the Red Oak
At this time he is not unlikely to eat our sprouting lettuce and peas.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Of course there was a chance that he might encounter the latter, but he thought it unlikely.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- not likely; improbable
see in the unlikely event.