Adjective "improbable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not likely to be true or to happen.
  1. 'The most improbable of explanations were routinely passed off as worthy of serious consideration.'
  2. 'No matter how improbable it may seem to you in this terrible time, someday you will laugh again.'
  3. 'As improbable as it may sound, even the construction business is turning to outsourcing.'
  4. 'Before we knew it, we were celebrating one of the greatest and most improbable victories of all time.'
  5. 'They don't even seem to be bothered that many of their stories contradict one another or are highly improbable.'
  6. 'Absurd and improbable it may be, but the government is unlikely to worry about lack of majority support.'
  7. 'No flight of fancy was too improbable, no wild accusation too unlikely.'
  8. 'She is a most improbable superstar, this small, talkative, unshowy, and resoundingly English mother of two.'
  9. 'That's an area where it seems improbable to go that fast because it's so congested.'
  10. 'And yet, improbable as it had seemed for most of the afternoon, they won.'
  11. 'the characters have improbable names'
  12. 'The trainer of the Queen's pigeons, an East Anglian with the improbable name of Carlo Napolitano, was at Sun City.'
  13. 'They and their two children live nearby in a crazy, book-filled house at the furthest end of an improbable road.'
  14. 'And they can all wear entirely improbable costumes and still look good.'


1. not probable; unlikely to be true or to happen: Rain is improbable tonight.

More examples(as adjective)

"remarks can be improbable as accounts."

"collections can be improbable as others."

"things can be improbable."

"events can be improbable."

"victories can be improbable."

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Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin improbabilis ‘hard to prove’, from in- ‘not’ + probabilis (see probable).