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1  decidedly, eminently, exceptionally, extraordinarily, extremely, greatly, immensely, seriously    (informal)  supremely, tremendously, vastly, very, very much  

2  appreciatively, approvingly, enthusiastically, favourably, warmly, well  

highly strung    
easily upset, edgy, excitable, irascible, irritable, nervous, nervy    (Brit. informal)  neurotic, on pins and needles, on tenterhooks, restless, sensitive, stressed, taut, temperamental, tense, tetchy, twitchy    (informal)  wired    (slang)  
  calm, collected, easy-going, even-tempered, laid-back    (informal)  placid, relaxed, serene, unfazed    (informal)  

  • eminence  n. well-known, intelligent and highly respected person
  • chav  n. In the UK, a chav is a highly antisocial juvenile delinquent who wears (usually counterfeit) designer sports clothes and high-end brands and vulgar jewellery (= bling) and listens to rap music.

    Very common, colloquial En France on appelle ça un caillera

  • Leap of faith  n. Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
  • shoot blanks  v. 1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)

    1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.

  • that ship has sailed  exp. expression used to describe a lost opportunity or something that is unlikely to happen in the current circumstances
  • don't hold your breath  exp. expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)

    E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."

  • don't give up the day job  id. a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job

    Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'


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Meaning of unlikely in English

Again, although none of these have been measured in field settings, these joint conditions are unlikely to be met.

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He or she will be unlikely to perseverate, regardless of the contextual manipulations.

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In the first place, it is unlikely that sensory information can be moved to a focus of attention except in a metaphorical sense.

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In the absence of spatial analysis, it is unlikely that similar insights or advances could have been achieved.

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Parasitism is reported as low, often with no response to host density and unlikely to have an impact upon the host population.

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He argues that this would be unlikely to apply to interphrasal agreement due to the incremental nature of language production.

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The kinds of concerns we are considering are unlikely to lead to disastrous consequences if our views are not shared.

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First, our willingness to discount unlikely strategies varies with the desirability of the goal we hope to achieve.

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Further, if it has not occurred within 1 to 2 years after the repair, it is unlikely to occur after that time.

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Perforation or damage to adjunct structures is also unlikely, and did not occur during our existing experience.

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Theoretically, unifocalization would help, but is very unlikely to be good enough for long term survival.

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Neither parasitoid refrained from oviposition in situations where its progeny were very unlikely to develop.

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The adoption of a new household-formation system across all social groups within thirty years is highly unlikely.

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[ uhn-lahyk-lee ]

/ ʌnˈlaɪk li /

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not likely to be or occur; improbable; marked by doubt.

holding little prospect of success; unpromising; likely to fail: He is an unlikely candidate for reelection.

not ingratiating; objectionable.


in an unlikely way.



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Origin of unlikely

First recorded in1325–75, unlikely is from the Middle English word unlikli.See un-1, likely



Words nearby unlikely

unlevel, unlicensed, unlicked, unlike, unlikelihood, unlikely, unlimber, unlimited, unlined, unlink, unlisted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to unlikely

unbelievable, rare, incredible, improbable, strange, absurd, implausible, remote, inconceivable, contrary, doubtful, dubious, faint, out of the ordinary, questionable, slight, unconvincing, unheard-of, unimaginable, untoward

How to use unlikely in a sentence

  • Once approved, a vaccine is unlikely to be widely available for several months.

    6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine|jakemeth|September 15, 2020|Fortune

  • In such efforts, Russia is unlikely to encounter resistance from the Belarus security apparatus, which probably views its interests and future tied to maintenance of tight central control.

    Poison, Protest and the Power of Putin|Tracy Moran|September 4, 2020|Ozy

  • As Vox’s Umair Irfan reports, it’s still unlikely that a vaccine will be authorized for use by then.

    A third of Americans might refuse a Covid-19 vaccine. How screwed are we?|Brian Resnick|September 4, 2020|Vox

  • America is unlikely to know its presidential winner on election night due to the expected surge in mail-in votes.

    Podcast: Exploring the potential for election night nightmares|Axios|September 3, 2020|Axios

  • A survey conducted in late June found that 65% of Americans said they are “very unlikely” to return to theaters immediately after they reopen.

    Will ‘Tenet’ revive U.S. movie theaters as it’s finally released?|dzanemorris|September 3, 2020|Fortune

  • Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.

    The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • At least 29 fellow Republicans must vote against Boehner for a second ballot to be reached, and that seems very unlikely.

    The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention|Ben Jacobs|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Almost forty years later, it seems unlikely this will ever be the case.

    Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.

    No Gods, No Cops, No Masters|James Poulos|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • It was Orlando vs. Justin in an Ibiza melee with two highly unlikely opposing parties.

    The Bloom-Bieber Brawl We Didn’t Know We Needed|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The magistrate appeared to think such an occurrence not at all unlikely, as he committed him to prison for three months.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;|Various

  • The converse seems to me unlikely; however, they are not remarkable for originality.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Marius looks elsewhere for a wife—unless mademoiselle of her own free will should elect to wed him—a thing unlikely.

    St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini

  • For your sake, old fellow, I hope she won't succeed, but I have known more unlikely things happen even than this.

    The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills

  • Sara Lee might have fought the War Office single-handed and won out, but it is extremely unlikely.

    The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for unlikely


not likely; improbable

Derived forms of unlikely

unlikelinessorunlikelihood, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with unlikely

see in the unlikely event.

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Synonyms for unlikely

Synonyms for (adj) unlikely


Definition: has little chance of being the case or coming about

Usage:an unlikely story; an unlikely candidate for reelection; a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism

Similar words:implausible, farfetched

Definition: highly imaginative but unlikely

Usage:a farfetched excuse; an implausible explanation

Similar words:last

Definition: most unlikely or unsuitable

Usage:the last person we would have suspected; the last man they would have chosen for the job

Similar words:remote, outside

Definition: very unlikely

Usage:an outside chance; a remote possibility; a remote contingency

Synonyms:improbable, unlikely

Definition: not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred

Usage:legislation on the question is highly unlikely; an improbable event

Similar words:supposed

Definition: mistakenly believed

Usage:the supposed existence of ghosts

Synonyms:improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing, unlikely

Definition: having a probability too low to inspire belief

Similar words:implausible

Definition: having a quality that provokes disbelief

Usage:gave the teacher an implausible excuse

Visual thesaurus for unlikely


Unlikely synonym very

Sometimes in such fantasies, I added characters, the same Andrey or Sanya. The thought was that I was Alina's boyfriend, and she gives to friends or fucks her in threesome. At that time, no one knew about my fantasies, although I often fired at Alina.

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Back in you. You are on the edge. I become rougher and more assertive. My fingers move with great speed in your beautiful girl.

Now discussing:

In any case, these two cannot live alone, and we decided to visit Philip. frictions. I, without even raising my head, can see how his penis enters me, so far the man's stomach is from mine.

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