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, small hope, uncertainty, unlikelihood, unlikeliness associated concepts: inherently improbable evidence, inherently improbable testimony II index doubt (indecision), doubt (suspicion)

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