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Related to unlikeliness: unlikelihood


adj. un·like·li·er, un·like·li·est
1. Not likely; improbable.
2. Not promising; likely to fail.

un·like′li·ness n.
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Noun1.unlikeliness - the improbability of a specified outcomeunlikeliness - the improbability of a specified outcome
improbability, improbableness - the quality of being improbable; "impossibility should never be confused with improbability"; "the improbability of such rare coincidences"
likelihood, likeliness - the probability of a specified outcome
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That area, in turn might include also what Fred Hoyle called the anthropic principle in biology, the sheer unlikeliness of proteins or anything like that working.
And yet, while Russia has made it through to the tournament's knockout round, the excitement of the games, and the unlikeliness of Russia's success, amount to a fleeting distraction.
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