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definition of the word likely

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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From Old Norse líkligr, from líkr (like, similar).

likely (comparative likelier or more likely, superlative likeliest or most likely)


likelier or more likely

likeliest or most likely

  1. probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring
    Rain is likely later this afternoon.
  2. probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable
    They are likely to become angry with him.
  3. appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential
    Jones is a likely candidate for management.
  4. plausible; Within the realm of credibility
    not a very likely excuse.
  5. promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome
    a likely topic for investigation.
  6. attractive; pleasant
    found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.

likely (comparative more likely, superlative most likely)


more likely

most likely

  1. (obsolete) Similarly.
  2. Probably.

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