1. in the nature of something though not readily apparent

    Synonyms : implicit in, inherent
    Examples :
    • an underlying meaning
  2. being or involving basic facts or principles

    Synonyms : fundamental, rudimentary
    Examples :
    • underlying principles
  3. located beneath or below


  1. not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred

    Synonyms : improbable
    Examples :
    • legislation on the question is highly unlikely
  2. having a probability too low to inspire belief

    Synonyms : improbable, unbelievable, unconvincing
  3. has little chance of being the case or coming about

    Antonyms : likely
    Examples :
    • an unlikely story
    • an unlikely candidate for reelection
    • a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism


  1. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

    Synonyms : exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, steep, unconscionable
    Examples :
    • usurious interest rate


  1. not capable of being carried out or put into practice

    Synonyms : impracticable, infeasible, unworkable
    Examples :
    • a suggested reform that was unfeasible in the prevailing circumstances

urban legend

  1. a story that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms and is usually false; contains elements of humor or horror and is popularly believed to be true

    Type Of : account, news report, report, story, write up


  1. lacking social polish

    Synonyms : gauche, graceless
  2. not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing

    Antonyms : polished
    Examples :
    • dull unpolished shoes


  1. in spite of contrary volition

    Examples :
    • an unwilling smile
  2. not disposed or inclined toward

    Antonyms : willing
    Examples :
    • an unwilling assistant
    • unwilling to face facts


  1. of or relating to or similar to bears


  1. characterized by a lack of partiality

    Synonyms : indifferent, unbiassed
    Examples :
    • an unbiased account of her family problems
  2. without bias

    Synonyms : unbiassed


  1. not given to open expression of emotion

    Antonyms : demonstrative