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improbable

adjective a distant chance, barely a possibility, defying logic, doubtful, dubious, hardly possible, implausible, little chance, little hope, little likelihood, long odds, not likely, not likely to occur, not probable, poor chance, poor prospect, questionable, rare, remote possibillty, uncertainty, unexpected, unlikelihood, unlikely
See also: disputable, doubtful, fallacious, implausible, impossible, incredible, unbelievable, unforeseeable, unsound
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It wrote, "Iran has been reporting improbably large--and unverifiable--oil and gas discoveries since the beginning of 2010, when foreign companies began leaving the country ahead of the imposition of Western energy sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
the nation's second largest operator of assisted living facilities, is facing allegations of insider stock sales, questionable accounting practices, and improbably timed stock option grants, according to a Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Master Trust press release.
Improbably, Alan Dershowitz--the torture enthusiast and original time bomb booster--does not.
Why do we assign such an improbably high value to the pursuit of happiness?
The Angels started their attack early, and somewhat improbably, as Chone Figgins delivered a home run to lead off the game.
Further, Angelica falls improbably in love with a penniless sculptor (their communications are exclusively by third party but somehow true love blossoms).
They would distinguish between biblical saga and academic history--as opposed to relaying improbably miracle stories in the same "The Bible says.
Improbably, the two guys fall in love, although--shades of Ennis and Jack--they deny they're queer.
Anyone who has seen the lovely French film "March of the Penguins" knows that these flightless waterfowl are improbably light on their feet, especially in view of their proportions.
An improbably blonde six-year-old boy ("It's mostly grey now"), Charles Intraigo arrived in New York City from his native Ecuador.
Even now, despite the fact that global warming has made snow in the Midlands a comparative rarity, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without cards depicting jolly Pickwickian ladies and gentlemen battling through improbably thick blizzards on sledges weighed down by colourfully wrapped presents.