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English definition of “unlikely”

unlikely

adjective (NOT PROBABLE)    /ʌnˈlaɪ.kli/
B1 not probable or likely to happen : [+ (that)] It's pretty unlikely (that) they'll turn up now - it's nearly ten o'clock.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievableImpossible and improbable Grammar:Likely and unlikelyLikely and unlikely are adjectives. We use them to say that something will probably happen or not happen in the future. We can use them before a noun, or with the verbs be, seem and appear:
(Definition of unlikely adjective (NOT PROBABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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