Crossword clues for unlikely
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Unlikely \Un*like"ly\, a.
Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely.
Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.
Not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable. [Obs.] ``The unlikely eld of me.''
Unlikely \Un*like"ly\, adv. In an unlikely manner.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected. 2 Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising. adv. In an improbable manner. n. Something or somebody considered unlikely.
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" [ant: likely]
Usage examples of "unlikely".
He sat there in the office, tapping at the computer as he wrung the cost analyses out of it, adding variables, removing the more unlikely ones, inserting market projections and probable effects on other affiliated firms of the company.
Concern for the sciences is all very well, but scientific information has a way of being discovered in many places at almost the same time: it is unlikely that discontinuing our affiliation with the Federation would cripple its sciences.
That is say there may be a gene for laying two eggs, a rival allele for laying three, another allele for laying four, and so on, although in practice it is unlikely to be quite as simple as this.
On the contrary, the labs working on the problem were learning just how unlikely finding any antivirus in less than two months would be.
It was a technology that would be worth uncounted billions to Bootstrap, in some unlikely future in which he made it back home and stayed out of jail.
In the most unlikely event of the brothel being included in the raid Mary must be sacrificed if he was to survive.
The Bursar, he had no doubt, was an ambitious man and unlikely to be content with the modest attainments of College life.
Back at the walled garden near the house, Ana turned to survey the gently sloping terrain down to the jungle, and was hit by its unlikely but striking similarity to another would-be paradise, the remnants of which she had once visited, a hortus conclusus whose inhabitants had tried to keep the outside world at bay while an ideal society was being constructed within the boundaries.
I did not merely say that I would dislike to be put to the test, but I said clearly, if I were put to the test, and a Territory from which slavery had been excluded should present herself with a State constitution sanctioning slavery,--a most extraordinary thing, and wholly unlikely to happen,--I did not see how I could avoid voting for her admission.
Given the minuscule quantities of magnetite actually involved, it was extremely unlikely that any of them could act as a human compass.
Cecily and her husband, she tried to believe that Mallard was perhaps acting the part of reconciler--not an unlikely thing, as her better judgment told her.
Cressida Mandeville had a great deal to answer for, including some physical discomfort which was unlikely to be eased as he would wish.
This, however, seems unlikely, because in the troodontids the second toe is associated with a totally different metatarsus design.
It was unlikely that this was a very remarkable meteoroid, though its cross-section had a curious, all-around layering, rather like the annual rings of a tree branch.
With the robust resolution born of a lifetime spent achieving unlikely objectives, George Hees craved the prime ministership of Canada.