the quality of being improbable

impossibility should never be confused with improbability


the improbability of such rare coincidences

Syn: ↑improbableness
Ant: ↑probability
Derivationally related forms: ↑improbable (for: ↑improbableness), ↑improbable
Hypernyms: ↑uncertainty, ↑uncertainness, ↑precariousness
Hyponyms: ↑unlikelihood, ↑unlikeliness

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