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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.
Then runaway Evan Rachel Wood - who is young enough to be his granddaughter - enters his life and, very improbably, they get married.
So, Wood's chorus line of improbably young foreign girlfriends is entirely unsurprising.
The spasmodic, extreme, improbably coordinated movement is both permeated and generated by speech; the text, like the dance, is refracted from one person to another.
He kept the notoriously driven Greene and the improbably youthful Lafayette on track, and managed to keep what existed of the rebel military machine running.
But the most galling thing for Woods was that 39-year-old Tarver seemed ripe for the taking and could easily have provided the Sheffield man with the crowning moment of his heroic and improbably successful career.
This quixotic, improbable, and improbably fun movement proves that political debate will not be closed forever and that old ideals can be revived.
Further, Angelica falls improbably in love with a penniless sculptor (their communications are exclusively by third party but somehow true love blossoms).
Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., 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?