Improbability

  • 1 Improbability — may also refer to the opposite of probability. Improbability is the modal probability employed by Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy . Improbability is modeled after mathematical probability, but is only related to real… …

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  • 2 Improbability — Im*prob a*bil i*ty, n.; pl. {Improbabilities}. [Cf. F. improbabilit[ e].] The quality or state of being improbable; unlikelihood; also, that which is improbable; an improbable event or result. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 improbability — I noun bare possibility, doubt, doubtfulness, implausibility, impossibility, inexpectation, infrequency, little chance, long odds, non verisimilis, nonexpectation, poor chance, poor prospect, questionability, rare occurrence, rarity, small chance …

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  • 4 improbability — (n.) 1590s, fact or quality of being improbably; see IMPROBABLE (Cf. improbable) + ITY (Cf. ity). Meaning an instance of something improbable is from 1610s …

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  • 5 Improbability — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Improbability >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 improbability improbability unlikelihood Sgm: N 1 unfavorable chance unfavorable chance bad chance ghost of a chance little chance small chance poor chance scarcely any chance …

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  • 6 improbability — I (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,… …

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  • 7 improbability — noun the quality of being improbable impossibility should never be confused with improbability the improbability of such rare coincidences • Syn: ↑improbableness • Ant: ↑probability • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …

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  • 8 improbability — improbable ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not likely to be true or to happen. DERIVATIVES improbability noun (pl. improbabilities) improbably adverb …

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  • 9 improbability — noun see improbable …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 improbability — /im prob euh bil i tee, im prob /, n., pl. improbabilities for 2. 1. the quality or condition of being improbable; unlikelihood. 2. something improbable or unlikely. [1590 1600; IMPROBABLE + ITY] * * * …

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  • 11 improbability — noun a) The quality or state of being improbable; unlikelihood. b) That which is improbable; an improbable event or result …

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  • 12 improbability — Synonyms and related words: abnormality, anomaly, bare possibility, conversation piece, curio, curiosity, dark horse, exception, fighting chance, gambling chance, hardly a chance, hundred to one shot, inexpectance, inexpectancy, inexpectation,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 improbability — im·prob·a·bil·i·ty || ɪm‚prÉ‘bÉ™ bɪlÉ™tɪ / prÉ’b n. quality of being unlikely to happen, unlikelihood; something which will probably not happen …

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  • 14 improbability — n. Unlikelihood …

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  • 15 improbability — im·probability …

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  • 16 improbability — /ɪmˌprɒbəˈbɪləti/ (say im.probuh biluhtee) noun (plural improbabilities) 1. the quality or fact of being improbable; unlikelihood. 2. something improbable or unlikely …

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  • 17 Improbability factor — In computer programming the improbability factor is a situation where a problem exists in a system. Frequently, the programmers are aware of the problem, but they are not allowed to fix the problem, solely because the chances of the problem ever… …

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  • 18 List of idioms of improbability — There are many idioms of improbability, used to denote that something is impossible or unlikely to occur.;Flying pig (main article) : A flying pig is a symbol of an impossible event coming to pass. The popular saying [it will happen] when pigs… …

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  • 19 Improbabilities — Improbability Im*prob a*bil i*ty, n.; pl. {Improbabilities}. [Cf. F. improbabilit[ e].] The quality or state of being improbable; unlikelihood; also, that which is improbable; an improbable event or result. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 20 Technology in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — The fictional universe of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams is a galaxy spanning society of interacting extraterrestrial cultures, so the technological level in the series is highly advanced, though often unreliable.… …

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