improbable

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Improbable \Im*prob"a*ble\, adjective [L. improbabilis; pref. im- not + probabilis probable: cf. F. improbable. See {Probable}.] Not probable; unlikely to be true; not to be expected under the circumstances or in the usual course of events; as, an improbable story or event.

He . . . sent to Elutherius, then bishop of Rome, an improbable letter, as some of the contents discover. --Milton. -- {Im*prob"a*ble*ness}, noun -- {Im*prob"a*bly}, adverb

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

improbable

adjective

1: not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred; "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event" [syn: {improbable}, {unlikely}] [ant: {likely}, {probable}]

2: having a probability too low to inspire belief [syn: {improbable}, {unbelievable}, {unconvincing}, {unlikely}]

3: too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story" [syn: {improbable}, {marvelous}, {marvellous}, {tall(a)}]


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