One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it is unlikely that the band will play here again this year’
improbable, not likely, doubtful, dubious, unexpected, beyond belief, implausible
2‘they laughed at themselves for believing such an unlikely story’
implausible, improbable, questionable, unconvincing, remote, far-fetched, strained, laboured, unrealistic, incredible, unbelievable, inconceivable, unimaginable, fantastic, fabulous, fanciful, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous
informal tall, cock and bull, hard to swallow, hard to take
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