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Definition of unlikely adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (unlikelier, unlikeliest) more unlikely and most unlikely are the usual forms
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  1. 1not likely to happen unlikely (to do something) The project seemed unlikely to succeed. unlikely (that…) It's most (= very) unlikely that she'll arrive before seven. In the unlikely event of a problem arising, please contact the hotel manager.
  2. 2[only before noun] not the person, thing, or place that you would normally think of or expect He seems a most unlikely candidate for the job. They have built hotels in the most unlikely places.
  3. 3[only before noun] difficult to believe synonym implausible She gave me an unlikely explanation for her behavior. opposite likely
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(also unlikeliness
noun [uncountable]
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