improbable Definition

not likely to be true or to happen, unlikely.

Using improbable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "improbable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is improbable that he will arrive on time.

  • Example

    The chances of winning the lottery are improbable.

  • Example

    It seems improbable that they will reach an agreement.

  • Example

    The idea of traveling to Mars in the near future is improbable.

improbable Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for improbable

Antonyms for improbable

Phrases with improbable

  • a story that is unlikely to be true


    His explanation for being late sounded like an improbable story.

  • a victory that was unexpected or unlikely


    Their team managed to pull off an improbable victory against the top-ranked team.

  • a coincidence that seems unlikely to have occurred by chance


    It was an improbable coincidence that they both ended up at the same restaurant at the same time.

Origins of improbable

from Latin 'improbabilis', meaning 'not to be approved' or 'unlikely'


Summary: improbable in Brief

The term 'improbable' [ษชmหˆprษ’bษ™bl] refers to something that is unlikely to be true or to happen. It can be used to describe events, stories, and ideas that seem doubtful or implausible, as in 'The idea of traveling to Mars in the near future is improbable.' 'Improbable' has synonyms like 'unlikely' and 'doubtful,' and antonyms like 'probable' and 'plausible.'

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