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unlikely
 a.  improbable; has little chance of being the case or coming about
Classic Sentence: (107 in 8 pages)
1  It was unlikely, she thought, that the birds were the same.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 7
2  Putting one thing with another, it was unlikely that they would ever meet again.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 12
3  It was unlikely that the doctor should fear death; and yet that was what Utterson was tempted to suspect.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
Get Context   In CHAPTER REMARKABLE INCIDENT OF DR. LANYON
4  But that was most unlikely: not one chance in a hundred.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 13
5  The baronet, nevertheless, is not unlikely to marry again; he is quite fool enough.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 21
6  Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely that he will be back before evening.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND
7  I think it unlikely that he waited at the moor-gate every evening.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 3. The Problem
8  On the whole I incline to the latter view, since the matter was evidently important, and it is unlikely that the composer of such a letter would be careless.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 4. Sir Henry Baskerville
9  There can be no question that Stapleton had a confidant, though it is unlikely that he ever placed himself in his power by sharing all his plans with him.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 15. A Retrospection
10  All the rest of the night I tossed and tumbled, framing theory after theory, each more unlikely than the last.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In III. The Adventure of The Yellow Face
11  Our chambers were always full of chemicals and of criminal relics which had a way of wandering into unlikely positions, and of turning up in the butter-dish or in even less desirable places.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
12  You have possibly had other guns in reserve in case there should be several tigers, or in the unlikely supposition of your own aim failing you.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In I. THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE
13  It is unlikely that a youngster like Adair would at once make a hideous scandal by exposing a well known man so much older than himself.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In I. THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE
14  And now I think that a few hours' sleep would do us all good, for I do not propose to leave before eleven o'clock, and it is unlikely that we shall be back before morning.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS
15  In my mind I set it down as an impossible performance, save in the unlikely case that she had a second pair of glasses.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In X. THE ADVENTURE OF THE GOLDEN PINCE-NEZ
Example Sentence: (38 in 3 pages)
1  Donna might be able to come tomorrow, but it's very unlikely.
2  Although unemployment rose last month, this is unlikely to dampen down wage demands.
3  It's most unlikely that she'll arrive before seven.
4  Pigs may fly, but they are very unlikely birds.
5  On the evidence of their recent matches, it is unlikely the Spanish team will win the cup.
6  He is unlikely to succeed in getting his bill through Congress, however worthy it is.
7  At first I thought it was an accident, but as far as I can make out, the police consider that's unlikely.
8  These plans are unlikely to find favour unless the cost is reduced.
9  The government's current euphoria over the exchange rate is unlikely to last.
10  Criminal libel is unlikely to occur other than rarely, but is available to define the limits of acceptable behaviour.
11  In the unlikely event of a problem arising, please contact the hotel manager.
12  It appears unlikely that interest rates will fall further.
13  It is unlikely that his forces could withstand an allied onslaught for very long.
14  This film is unlikely to attract large audiences unless it gets/it is given a big push in the media.
15  These policies are unlikely to prove popular with middle-class voters.