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    #1

    Smile improbable vs. impossible

    It's highly improbable that Norris will agree.
    Hi! Can I replace 'improbable' with 'impossible'? I have looked up Carmbridge Dictionaries Online but I am still in the dark. What is the difference between the two words' definitions I highlight in red. Thanks!

    improbable adjective
    not likely to happen or be true:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    impossible adjective
    1 If an action or event is impossible, it cannot happen or be achieved:

    2 describes a situation which is extremely difficult to deal with or solve:

    3 describes a person who behaves very badly or is extremely difficult to deal with:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Re: improbable vs. impossible

    Just a degree of certainty.

    Impossible would mean something that cannot happen, 100% sure

    Improblable meaning something could not happen, 70% sure.

    Therefore, in the second case, there is a possibily that something happens whereas, in the first, there is no possibility that something happens - no doubt.

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    Smile Re: improbable vs. impossible

    Hello philadelphia,

    Thank you for your help. I see.

    Have a good day!

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    #4

    Re: improbable vs. impossible

    You could use highly unlikely instead of highly improbable.

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