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Unlikely to take place or be true.

im·prob′a·ble·ness n.
im·prob′a·bly adv.
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Adv.1.improbably - not easy to believeimprobably - not easy to believe; "behind you the coastal hills plunge to the incredibly blue sea backed by the Turkish mountains"
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بِصورَة غَير مُحْتَمَلَه
kizár: ki van zárva
ólíklega; ósennilega
imkânsız bir şekilde


[ɪmˈprɒbəblɪ] ADV
1. (= surprisingly) → sorprendentemente
this area is, improbably, one of the best in townen contra de lo que cabría esperar, este barrio es uno de los mejores de la ciudad
2. (= implausibly) → increíblemente
an improbably blue skyun cielo increíblemente azul
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advunwahrscheinlich; he works, improbably, for the World Banker arbeitet, kaum zu glauben, für die Weltbank
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
The tradition generally received derives them from Cham, the son of Noah, and they pretend, however improbably, that from his time till now the legal succession of their kings hath never been interrupted, and that the supreme power hath always continued in the same family.
A REVIEW of the principal objections that have appeared against the proposed court for the trial of impeachments, will not improbably eradicate the remains of any unfavorable impressions which may still exist in regard to this matter.
Not improbably, it was to this latter class of ms that Mr.
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
Miss Twinkleton then proceeded to remark that Rumour, Ladies, had been represented by the bard of Avon--needless were it to mention the immortal SHAKESPEARE, also called the Swan of his native river, not improbably with some reference to the ancient superstition that that bird of graceful plumage (Miss Jennings will please stand upright) sang sweetly on the approach of death, for which we have no ornithological authority,--Rumour, Ladies, had been represented by that bard--hem!
In the dining-room, a sentimental desire came over Flora to look into the dragon closet which had so often swallowed Arthur in the days of his boyhood--not improbably because, as a very dark closet, it was a likely place to be heavy in.
Not improbably he was the best workman of his time; or, perhaps, the Colonel thought it expedient, or was impelled by some better feeling, thus openly to cast aside all animosity against the race of his fallen antagonist.
"Is there not one alternative," I suggested, "grotesquely improbably, no doubt, but still just conceivable?
Or, not improbably, it might once have been the pleasure-place of an opulent family; for there was the ruin of a marble fountain in the centre, sculptured with rare art, but so wofully shattered that it was impossible to trace the original design from the chaos of remaining fragments.
Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story offers a biography of stage star Roger Rees, and is written by his longtime partner Rick Elice, who provides many intimate inspections of the actor and Broadway performer who died of brain cancer in 2015.
Plot summary: three foster siblings, Jack, Ava and Matt (the latter two being the eponymous geniuses) rather improbably live by themselves in Brooklyn, New York (this situation is justified and explained).
It's too bad Matthew McConaughey already made a movie called "Fool's Gold," since the title would've been perfect for his latest--the wildly off-beat, partly true account of a born loser's improbably lucrative get-rich-quick scheme.