Definitions

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  • adv. In an improbable manner; without probability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an improbable manner; without probability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. not easy to believe

Etymologies

improbable +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Representing the O'Hara Foundation in Britain, improbably, is a spoiled, bratty young girl, Scarlett O'Hara (?!?), who spends most of her time being obnoxious or putting the moves on Ray, who proves to be quite the shrinking violet ( my voice-over is being done by a woman, okay?

    Anime Review: Steamboy

  • As we leave, I hear the wife say to her young daughter in Spanish, improbably enough, “There, now we can buy those shoes you wanted.”

    Gringos in Paradise

  • Salim, and a girl, Latika, for whom Jamal holds the kind of improbably pure love that Don Quixote had for Dulcinea.

    RELIGION

  • Charlie Doerner for The Wall Street Journal Alex Rodriguez The image of actress Cameron Diaz feeding Alex Rodriguez popcorn on national television improbably became one of the lasting images of this year's Super Bowl, and Rodriguez was able to laugh about it Monday as he met with the media for the first time this spring.

    Popcorn Jokes as A-Rod Meets With the Media

  • She's got toothpick legs, one improbably skinnier than the other.

    End of needle exchange marks loss of a bulwark in D.C.'s AIDS fight

  • "Miss Bala" is a portrait of a young woman who is at once terribly vulnerable and improbably brave.

    Soderbergh Goes 'Haywire' With a Fast, Stylish Thriller

  • Until this season, they'd been hopeless wheel-spinners, a punch line with a rambling ex-coach Mike Singletary who still gets mocked, improbably, on David Letterman's "Late Show."

    San Francisco Is Very Hard to Hate

  • In Pennsylvania, a report from 2009 that came to light this summer flagged schools where tests showed improbably high erasure marks.

    State Weighs Testing Curbs on Teachers

  • Just as it is improbably less expensive to start an internet company today with cheap bandwidth and infrastructure and easier programming language than it was a decade ago, the ubiquity and quality of HD cameras and the quality of editing software has also enabled people to make more and better films inexpensively.

    Marc Ruxin: Why Sundance and Its Filmmakers Resemble Silicon Valley and Its Entrepreneurs

  • I say when I find him sitting on the ground, in front of an improbably small grave of freshly turned earth.

    Angry Young Man

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