Improbableness
Improbable Im*prob"a*ble, a. [L. improbabilis; pref. im- not + probabilis probable: cf. F. improbable. See {Probable}.] Not probable; unlikely to be true; not to be expected under the circumstances or in the usual course of events; as, an improbable story or event. [1913 Webster]

He . . . sent to Elutherius, then bishop of Rome, an improbable letter, as some of the contents discover. --Milton. -- {Im*prob"a*ble*ness}, n. -- {Im*prob"a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]


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