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Meaning of LIKELY

Pronunciation:  'lIklee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"
  2. [adj]  within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"; "a plausible story"
  3. [adj]  has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"
  4. [adj]  likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
  5. [adj]  expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients"; "expected income"

LIKELY is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: apt(p), believable, belike, credible, equiprobable, expected, in all likelihood, in all probability, liable(p), plausible, potential, presumed(a), presumptive, probable, probably, promising, prospective, verisimilar
 Antonyms: improbable, unlikely
 See Also: possible



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Like"ly\, a. [Compar. {Likelier} (l[imac]k"l[i^]*[~e]r);
    superl. {Likeliest}.] [That is, like-like. See {Like}, a.]
    1. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story.
             It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy
             and conspicuous.                      --Johnson.
    2. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; --
       followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain.
    3. Similar; like; alike. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    4. Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable;
       handsome. --Shak. Milton.
    5. Having such qualities as make success probable; well
       adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a
       likely servant.
  2. \Like"ly\, adv.
    In all probability; probably.
          While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of
          nothing that imported him to know.       --Glanvill.
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