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adjective     unlikely pronunciation in British English
/ʌnˈlaɪkli/
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adjectiveunlikely
comparativeunlikelier
superlativeunlikeliest
  1. 1
    not likely to happen

    I think her coming back is a pretty unlikely prospect.

    unlikely to do something:

    He’s unlikely ever to find a job again.

    unlikely (that):

    It seems unlikely that she will make the same mistake again.

    most/highly/extremely unlikely:

    It’s highly unlikely we’ll be invited.

    in the unlikely event (=if this unlikely thing actually happens):

    In the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied with your holiday, we will offer a full refund.

  2. 2
    not typical

    He’s a very unlikely romantic hero.

    1. a.
      used about two people or things that do not combine well together

      His parents seem a rather unlikely couple.

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