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Meaning of likely by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old Norse líkligr, from líkr ( “like, similar” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈlaɪkli/


    likely ( comparative likelier or more likely, superlative 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 .
    7. ( as predicate, followed by to and infinitive ) Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined .
      He is likely to succeed at anything he tries .



    likely ( comparative more likely, superlative most likely )

    1. ( obsolete ) Similarly .
    2. Probably .
      Likely he'll win the election in this economy .

    Usage notes


    likely ( plural: likelies )

    1. Something or somebody considered likely .


Explanation of likely by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. with considerable certainty

    1. within the realm of credibility

    2. not a very likely excuse
    3. has a good chance of being the case or of coming about

    4. 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
    5. likely but not certain to be or become true or real

    6. a likely result
    7. expected to become or be