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adjective unlikely pronunciation in American English /ʌnˈlaɪkli/
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  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 that 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 vacation, we will offer a full refund.
    1. a.
      not likely to be true
      an unlikely hypothesis
  2. 2
    not typical
    He’s a very unlikely romantic hero.


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