Origin of improbableClassical Latin improbabilis
- The idea that the sun spins around the Earth is an example of something that would be described as a improbable idea.
- When they are calling for a 90 percent chance of rain, this is an example of a time when sunshine is improbable.
The definition of improbable is something unlikely to happen or unlikely to be true.
Unlikely to take place or be true.
(comparative more improbable, superlative most improbable)
- Not likely to be true.
- It's highly improbable that aliens abducted you.
- Not likely to happen.
- Due to the loss of power, it is improbable that we will begin on time.
From Middle French improbable, from im- + probable
- One hears such improbable wonders about you.
- It is improbable that he meant his order to be literally executed, it is not certain that he knew they had taken the oath of allegiance to him.
- But it may perhaps be considered improbable that organs like the wings, having once been lost, should have been reacquired on the large scale suggested by the theory just put forward.
- It is not improbable that these chapters are based on an earlier Jewish writing.
- Although the rise of the Hebrew state, at an age when the great powers were quiescent and when such a people as the Philistines is known to have appeared upon the scene, is entirely intelligible, it is not improbable that legends of Saul and David, the heroic founders of the two kingdoms, have been put in a historical setting with the help of later historical tradition.