unlikely Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “unlikely” in the English Dictionary

"unlikely" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /ʌnˈlaɪ.kli/

unlikely adjective (NOT PROBABLE)

B1 not ​probable or likely to ​happen: [+ (that)] It's ​pretty unlikely (that) they'll ​turn up now - it's ​nearly ten o'clock.
More examples

unlikely adjective (NOT EXPECTED)

[only before noun] not the same as you would usually ​expect: He's an unlikely-looking ​doctor (= he is not what I ​expect a ​doctor to ​look like).

unlikely adjective (PROBABLY NOT TRUE)

C2 [only before noun] probably not ​true: When I ​asked what he was doing there, he came up with some unlikely ​explanation.
(Definition of unlikely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unlikely" in American English

See all translations


 us   /ʌnˈlɑɪk·li/
not ​expected to ​happen; not likely : [+ (that) clause] It’s unlikely (that) we will ​everlearn what ​happened.
(Definition of unlikely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of unlikely?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day