What does likely mean?

Definitions for likely
ˈlaɪk lilike·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. likelyadjective

    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"

  2. probable, likelyadjective

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

    "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"

  3. likely, potentialadjective

    expected to become or be; in prospect

    "potential clients"

  4. likelyadverb

    within the realm of credibility

    "not a very likely excuse"

  5. probably, likely, in all likelihood, in all probability, belikeadverb

    with considerable certainty; without much doubt

    "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"

Wiktionary

  1. likelynoun

    Something or somebody considered likely.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  2. likelyadverb

    Similarly.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  3. likelyadverb

    Probably.

    Likely he'll win the election in this economy.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  4. likelyadjective

    probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring

    Rain is likely later this afternoon.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  5. likelyadjective

    probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable

    They are likely to become angry with him.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  6. likelyadjective

    appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential

    Jones is a likely candidate for management.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  7. likelyadjective

    plausible; Within the realm of credibility

    not a very likely excuse.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  8. likelyadjective

    promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome

    a likely topic for investigation.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  9. likelyadjective

    attractive; pleasant

    found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  10. likelyadjective

    Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

    He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likelyadjective

    worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

  2. Likelyadjective

    having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

  3. Likelyadjective

    similar; like; alike

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

  4. Likelyadjective

    such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

  5. Likelyadjective

    having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

  6. Likelyadverb

    in all probability; probably

    Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

Freebase

  1. Likely

    Likely is a census-designated place in Modoc County, California. It is located near the South Fork of the Pit River 18 miles south of the county seat of Alturas, at an elevation of 4,449 feet. Located 6 miles north-northwest of Likely Mountain, it is somewhat sheltered from prevailing southwesterly winds, and its microclimate is noticeably drier and less stormy than surrounding areas. The ZIP Code for the community is 96116.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #878

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Adjectives Frequency: #38

How to pronounce likely?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of likely in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of likely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of likely in a Sentence

  1. Richard Lawhern:

    My instinct is to acknowledge incremental progress, and then get busy forcing the immediate recall and repudiation of the entire [CDC] guidelines document and all state legislation or regulation that incorporates it, we likely wont be able to avoid a rewrite effort for somekind of guideline, because doctors wont reenter pain management practice without a shield from sanctions.

  2. Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser:

    The unpredictable nature of paramilitary group patronage will most likely remain a significant obstacle to the GNA’s efforts to establish sovereignty.

  3. William James:

    A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind.

  4. One Chinese trade expert:

    The urgency is gone. So, it's likely to see a longer trade war.

  5. Mark Leibovich:

    Since this debate will likely have lower ratings [than the two Republican debates], I'd guess the 'one-liners' and soundbites will carry more weight, but, unlike the R's, the combatants will not have to fight tooth and nail for attention, so maybe we can expect a less frantic, more conversational vibe.

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Translations for likely

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  • sandsynligDanish
  • wahrscheinlich, glaubhaft, plausibelGerman
  • probableSpanish
  • احتمال داردPersian
  • miellyttävä, todennäköinen, luultava, uskottava, mahdollinen, sopiva, lupaavaFinnish
  • probableFrench
  • adatto, promettente, probabile, piacevole, verosimileItalian
  • おそらく, きっとJapanese
  • ticams, iespējamsLatvian
  • sannsynligNorwegian
  • prawdopodobnyPolish
  • provávelPortuguese
  • probabilRomanian
  • вероятный, перспективный, пригодный, привлекательный, подходящий, годный, подающий надежды, возможный, обаятельный, многообещающий, очаровательныйRussian
  • vjerojatanSerbo-Croatian
  • rimlig, trolig, sannolikSwedish
  • швидше за всеUkrainian
  • 容易Chinese

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