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un·like·ly

 (ŭn-līk′lē)
adj. un·like·li·er, un·like·li·est
1. Not likely; improbable.
2. Not promising; likely to fail.

un·like′li·ness n.

unlikely

(ʌnˈlaɪklɪ)
adj
not likely; improbable
unˈlikeliness, unˈlikelihood n

un•like•ly

(ʌnˈlaɪk li)

adj. , -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. not likely to be or occur; improbable; doubtful.
2. holding little prospect of success; unpromising.
adv.
3. in an unlikely way.
[1325–75]
un•like′li•hood`, n.
un•like′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unlikely - not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurredunlikely - not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred; "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event"
2.unlikely - has little chance of being the case or coming aboutunlikely - has little chance of being the case or coming about; "an unlikely story"; "an unlikely candidate for reelection"; "a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism"
likely - has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"
3.unlikely - having a probability too low to inspire belief
implausible - having a quality that provokes disbelief; "gave the teacher an implausible excuse"

unlikely

adjective
2. unbelievable, incredible, unconvincing, implausible, questionable, cock-and-bull (informal) I smiled sincerely, to encourage him to buy this unlikely story.
unbelievable possible, plausible, feasible, likely, reasonable, credible, believable

unlikely

adjective
Translations
غَيْرُ مُحْتَمَلغَيْر مُحْتَمَل
nepravděpodobný
usandsynlignæppe
epätodennäköinenepätodennäköisesti
malo vjerojatan
nem valószínű
ólíklegur
ありそうもない
있을 법하지 않은
vargu ar galimas
nedomājamsneiespējamsneticams
malo verjeten
osannolik
ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น
olası olmayanolasılık dışı
không chắc sẽ xảy ra

unlikely

[ʌnˈlaɪklɪ] ADJ (unlikelier (compar) (unlikeliest (superl)))
1. (= improbable) → poco probable, improbable
it is most unlikelyes muy poco probable
he is an unlikely candidate for promotionno tiene muchas probabilidades de que lo asciendan
it is unlikely that he will come; he is unlikely to comees poco probable que venga, no es probable que venga
he's unlikely to survivetiene pocas posibilidades de sobrevivir, es poco probable que sobreviva
in the unlikely event that we winen el caso improbable de que ganáramos, en el caso de que ganáramos, lo cual es poco probable
2. (= implausible) [explanation, excuse] → inverosímil, increíble
that sounds an unlikely storyme parece una historia inverosímil
3. (= odd) → insólito, extraño
he and Paula made an unlikely couple or pairél y Paula hacían una pareja insólita or extraña
they turn up in the most unlikely placesaparecen en los lugares más insospechados or extraños

unlikely

[ʌnˈlaɪkli] adj
(= not probable) [circumstances] → invraisemblable, peu plausible; [event, result] → peu probable
It's possible, but unlikely → C'est possible, mais peu probable.
it is unlikely that ... → il est peu probable que ...
to be unlikely to do sth
He is unlikely to win → Il est peu probable qu'il gagne., Il a peu de chances de gagner.
That is unlikely to happen → Ça ne risque pas d'arriver.
The dispute is unlikely to be settled for a long time → Il est peu probable qu'on parvienne à régler le conflit rapidement.
in the unlikely event that ... → dans le cas fort peu probable où ...
in the unlikely event of ...
in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack → dans le cas exceptionnel d'une attaque nucléaire
in the unlikely event of anything going wrong → dans le cas peu probablequelque chose irait mal
(= strange) [combination, sight, places] → invraisemblable
(= hard to believe) [explanation] → invraisemblable

unlikely

adj (+er)unwahrscheinlich; explanation alsounglaubwürdig; (= odd also) clothesmerkwürdig, komisch; friendshipmerkwürdig; candidateunpassend; it is (most) unlikely/not unlikely that …es ist (höchst) unwahrscheinlich/es kann durchaus sein, dass …; she is unlikely to comesie kommt höchstwahrscheinlich nicht; it looks an unlikely place for mushroomses sieht mir nicht nach der geeigneten Stelle für Pilze aus; they are such an unlikely couplesie sind ein so merkwürdiges Paar; he’s an unlikely choiceseine Wahl ist sehr unwahrscheinlich; he’s unlikely to be chosenes ist unwahrscheinlich, dass er gewählt wird; in the unlikely event that …im unwahrscheinlichen Fall, dass …; in the unlikely event of warim unwahrscheinlichen Fall eines Krieges

unlikely

[ʌnˈlaɪklɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (happening) → improbabile; (explanation) → inverosimile
in the unlikely event that it does happen ... → dovesse succedere, cosa assai improbabile...
it is unlikely that he will come, he is unlikely to come → è poco probabile che venga

unlikely

(anˈlaikli) adjective
not likely or probable. an unlikely explanation for his absence; She's unlikely to arrive before 7.00 p.m.; It is unlikely that she will come.

unlikely

غَيْرُ مُحْتَمَل nepravděpodobný usandsynlig unwahrscheinlich απίθανος improbable epätodennäköinen improbable malo vjerojatan improbabile ありそうもない 있을 법하지 않은 onwaarschijnlijk usannsynlig nieprawdopodobny improvável маловероятный osannolik ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น olasılık dışı không chắc sẽ xảy ra 不太可能的

unlikely

a. improbable, dudoso-a, incierto-a.
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