Unlikely

un·like·ly [unlikely unlikelier unlikeliest] BrE [ʌnˈlaɪkli]
NAmE [ʌnˈlaɪkli]
adjective (un·like·lier, un·likeli·est) more unlikely and most unlikely are the usual forms
1. not likely to happen; not probable
~ (to do sth) The project seemed unlikely to succeed.
~ (that…) It's most (= very) unlikely that she'll arrive before seven.
In the unlikely event of a problem arising, please contact the hotel manager.
2. only before noun not the person, thing or place that you would normally think of or expect
He seems a most unlikely candidate for the job.
They have built hotels in the most unlikely places.
3. only before noun difficult to believe
Syn: implausible
She gave me an unlikely explanation for her behaviour.
Opp: likely
Derived Words: unlikelihood unlikeliness
Example Bank:
An economic collapse is inherently unlikely.
He thought it unlikely that she would refuse.
The takeover bid now looks unlikely to succeed.
In the unlikely event of a problem arising, please contact the hotel manager.
It's most unlikely that she'll arrive before seven.
She gave me a rather unlikely explanation for her behaviour.
an unlikely candidate/applicant/contender
an unlikely hero/winner/rock star/celebrity

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Not likely; improbable; not to be reasonably expected; as, an unlikely event; the thing you mention is very unlikely.
2.Not holding out a prospect of success; likely to fail; unpromising; as, unlikely means.
3.Not such as to inspire liking; unattractive; disagreeable.
adv.1.In an unlikely manner.

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