What does likelihood mean?

Definitions for likelihood
ˈlaɪk liˌhʊdlike·li·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. likelihood, likeliness(noun)

    the probability of a specified outcome


  1. Likelihood(n.)

    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. likelihood(Noun)

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

    Etymology: likely + -hood

  2. likelihood(Noun)

    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. likelihood(Noun)

    Likeness, resemblance.

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

    Etymology: likely + -hood

  4. likelihood(Noun)

    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. Likelihood(noun)

    appearance; show; sign; expression

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

  2. Likelihood(noun)

    likeness; resemblance

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

  3. Likelihood(noun)

    appearance of truth or reality; probability; verisimilitude

    Etymology: [Likely + -hood.]

British National Corpus

  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. Lee Drutman:

    It is certainly likely that Republicans will be even more dependent on small states in the near term given where the trends are going, the likelihood of Republican senators representing a majority of the Geoffrey Kabaservice population anytime soon seems incredibly unlikely unless there is a major partisan realignment.

  2. Michael McCarthy:

    There is likelihood of positive surprise on Friday and that will also add to the weight on gold.

  3. Janardan Menon at brokerage Liberum:

    The likelihood is for some weakness in the second half.

  4. Speaker Ryan:

    We have a greater likelihood of getting our policies enacted than with Hillary Clinton as president.

  5. Robert Dunham:

    One can't predict the likelihood that any given death sentence will be carried out, statistically, in both federal and state death penalty cases, it is more likely that a sentence will be overturned than that it will be carried out.

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