Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an improbable manner; without probability.

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  • adverb In an improbable manner; without probability.

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

  • adverb not easy to believe

Etymologies

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improbable +‎ -ly

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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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."

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  • 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

  • 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

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