improbable


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im·prob·a·ble

 (ĭm-prŏb′ə-bəl)
adj.
Unlikely to take place or be true.

im·prob′a·ble·ness n.
im·prob′a·bly adv.

improbable

(ɪmˈprɒbəbəl)
adj
not likely or probable; doubtful; unlikely
imˌprobaˈbility, imˈprobableness n
imˈprobably adv

im•prob•a•ble

(ɪmˈprɒb ə bəl)

adj.
not probable; unlikely to be true or to happen.
[1590–1600; < Latin]
im•prob`a•bil′i•ty, n.
im•prob′a•ble•ness, n.
im•prob′a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.improbable - not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurredimprobable - not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred; "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event"
probable, likely - likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
2.improbable - having a probability too low to inspire belief
implausible - having a quality that provokes disbelief; "gave the teacher an implausible excuse"
3.improbable - too improbable to admit of beliefimprobable - too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story"
incredible, unbelievable - beyond belief or understanding; "at incredible speed"; "the book's plot is simply incredible"

improbable

adjective
1. doubtful, unlikely, uncertain, unbelievable, dubious, questionable, fanciful, far-fetched, implausible It seems improbable that this year's figure will show a drop.
doubtful likely, certain, probable, reasonable, doubtless, plausible
2. unconvincing, weak, unbelievable, preposterous Their marriage seems an improbable alliance.
unconvincing convincing, plausible

improbable

adjective
Translations
غَيْر مُحْتَمَليَصْعُب تَصْديقُه
nepravděpodobný
usandsynligutænkelig
ólíklegurósennilegur
neįtikimaineįtikimumasnepanašumas į tiesą
maz ticamsneiespējamsneticams
neverjeten
inanılması güçmümkün görülmeyenolası olmayanolmayacak

improbable

[ɪmˈprɒbəbl] ADJ [event] → improbable; [excuse, story] → inverosímil
it is improbable that it will happenes improbable or poco probable que ocurra

improbable

[ɪmˈprɒbəbəl] adj
improbable
it is improbable that ... → il est improbable que ... + subj
It is improbable that the Prime Minister will be forced to resign → Il est improbable que le Premier ministre soit forcé à démissionner.
[excuse, explanation, story] → peu plausible

improbable

improbable

[ɪmˈprɒbəbl] adj (event) → improbabile, poco probabile; (excuse, story) → inverosimile

improbable

(imˈprobəbl) adjective
1. not likely to happen or exist; not probable. Although death at his age was improbable, he had already made his will.
2. hard to believe. an improbable explanation.
imˈprobably adverb
imˌprobaˈbility noun

improbable

a. improbable.
References in classic literature ?
As there was nothing improbable to an Indian in the manner of the escape, Magua admitted the truth of what he had heard, with a readiness that afforded additional evidence how little he would prize such worthless captives.
Her scowl,--as the world, or such part of it as sometimes caught a transitory glimpse of her at the window, wickedly persisted in calling it,--her scowl had done Miss Hepzibah a very ill office, in establishing her character as an ill-tempered old maid; nor does it appear improbable that, by often gazing at herself in a dim looking-glass, and perpetually encountering her own frown with its ghostly sphere, she had been led to interpret the expression almost as unjustly as the world did.
A wolf, it is said -- but here the tale has surely lapsed into the improbable -- came up and smelt of Pearl's robe, and offered his savage head to be patted by her hand.
Now, whether these gin and beer harpooneers, so fuddled as one might fancy them to have been, were the right sort of men to stand up in a boat's head, and take good aim at flying whales; this would seem somewhat improbable.
Her own fortune she had taken care to secure; and when her mother died--and it was wholly improbable, she tranquilly remarked, that she should either recover or linger long--she would execute a long-cherished project: seek a retirement where punctual habits would be permanently secured from disturbance, and place safe barriers between herself and a frivolous world.
Though she owed to the old sailor her defeat in the very hour of success, his consideration for her at that moment forbade the idea of defending herself at his expense -- even supposing, what was in the last degree improbable, that the defense would be credited.
His cunning was fresh with the day, and his qualms were gone with the night--in which particulars it is not improbable that he had compeers in Fleet-street and the City of London, that fine morning.
This seemed to me to be a very satisfactory and therefore not at all improbable picture.
At last, I desperately considered that the thing I contemplated must be done, and that it had best be done in the least improbable manner consistent with the circumstances.
exclaimed all the robbers at once; ``darest thou trifle with us, that thou tellest such improbable lies?
Detractors are pleased to think it improbable, that so illustrious a person should descend to give so great a mark of distinction to a creature so inferior as I.
Harry spends his days in saying what is incredible and his evenings in doing what is improbable.