Definition of improbable in English:

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improbable

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɒbəb(ə)l/

adjective

1Not likely to be true or to happen: this account of events was seen by the jury as most improbable
More example sentences
  • No flight of fancy was too improbable, no wild accusation too unlikely.
  • Well, it's a theory, an improbable one, but harmless fun to contemplate.
  • What follows in the film is one improbable set-up after another, until it ends with the most ludicrous ending ever.
Synonyms
unlikely, not likely, doubtful, dubious, debatable, questionable, uncertain;
difficult to believe, implausible, far-fetched, fanciful;
unthinkable, inconceivable, unimaginable, unimagined, incredible
1.1Unexpected and apparently inauthentic: the characters have improbable names
More example sentences
  • A chap by the improbable name of Monty Nebinger emails to offer his services.
  • I have a neat piece of software with the improbable name of Delicious Library.
  • The trainer of the Queen's pigeons, an East Anglian with the improbable name of Carlo Napolitano, was at Sun City.
Synonyms
inauthentic, unconvincing, unbelievable, incredible, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous;
contrived, laboured, strained, forced
informal hard to swallow

Origin

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

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