(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of likelihood
Nouns — improbability, unlikelihood, unlikeliness; small or long chance, Chinaman's chance, ghost of a chance; long odds, long shot; incredibility (see doubt). See hopelessness, impossibility.
Verbs — be improbable or unlikely, be a strain on the imagination.
Adjectives — improbable, unlikely, contrary to all reasonable expectation, doubtful, farfetched; rare, infrequent (see rarity); unheard-of, implausible, questionable, fishy. Slang, in a pig's eye.
Interjections — don't count on it! don't hold your breath! don't bet on it! you should live so long!
Quotations — Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable (H. L. Mencken), When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth (A. Conan Doyle), The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale (Richard Dawkins).
Antonyms, see chance, probability.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. unlikelihood, implausibility, doubtfulness, rarity; see impossibility , uncertainty 2 .

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