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ˈlaɪk liˌhʊdlike·li·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. likelihood, likelinessnoun

    the probability of a specified outcome


  1. Likelihoodnoun

    Statistical probability; probability of being true or of occurring in the future; as, the likelihood of being abducted by aliens is close to zero..

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]


  1. likelihoodnoun

    The probability of a specified outcome; the chance of something happening; probability; the state of being probable.

    Etymology: likely + -hood

  2. likelihoodnoun

    Shorthand for likelihood function; the probability that a real world experiment would generate a specific datum, as a function of the parameters of a mathematical model.

    Etymology: likely + -hood

  3. likelihoodnoun

    Likeness, resemblance.

    "There is no likelihood between pure light and black darkness, or between righteousness and reprobation." (Sir W. Raleigh)

    Etymology: likely + -hood

  4. likelihoodnoun

    Appearance, show, sign, expression.

    "What of his heart perceive you in his face by any likelihood he showed to-day ?" (Shak)

    Etymology: likely + -hood

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likelihoodnoun

    appearance; show; sign; expression

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

  2. Likelihoodnoun

    likeness; resemblance

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

  3. Likelihoodnoun

    appearance of truth or reality; probability; verisimilitude

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likelihood' in Nouns Frequency: #2706

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of likelihood in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of likelihood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of likelihood in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Frieden:

    The combination of those two things, when you add Zika in, means the likelihood of a very large number of cases, in rest of the United States, we may see clusters.

  2. Tim Sloan:

    The likelihood that would ever make an acquisition in investment banking is very, very remote, we don't think that we need to do it.

  3. Lisa Moreno-Walton:

    Those of us who have worked in global health are familiar with the decisions that had to be made in Africa during the Ebola epidemic, if I have one ventilator and two people who need it, and one is a 13-year-old-boy who is likely to recover, and the other is an 80-year-old woman who is demented and has sacral decubiti, who do I intubate and put on the ventilator ? In that case, the decision is made on the likelihood of recovery and quality of life.

  4. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Amid market uncertainty, investors are focusing more on the safety that bond funds provide than the valuations, while the likelihood of a Fed funds rate hike has increased, investors believe the bond yields will move modestly higher in the next year.

  5. Thomas Costerg:

    Hopes for a strong rebound are now fading. The likelihood of a near-term Fed action is almost zero now.

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