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Unlikely meaning

unlikely - 4 dictionary results

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

unlikely - examples of usage

  1. It is very unlikely that he who has a telescope will just happen to want that particular book. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. Knowing this, Alfieri obliged a friend of his to receive from him a solemn written promise to the effect that he would not merely never go to the lady, nor take any notice of her messages, but that, until he felt himself absolutely indifferent and beyond her reach, he would go out only in solitary places and at unlikely hours, and spend the greater part of the day seated at his window looking at her house, seeing her pass, hearing her spoken of, receiving her letters, without ever approaching her or sending her the smallest message. - "The Countess of Albany", Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee).
  3. The staff at this firm of stockbrokers was working late, and it was unlikely that the young lady had left, even yet. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
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