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"unlikely" in British English

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unlikelyadjective

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.
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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

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unlikelyadjective

 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)
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