What does likely mean?

Definitions for likely
ˈlaɪk lilike·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. likely(adj)

    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, likely(adj)

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

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

  3. likely, potential(adj)

    expected to become or be; in prospect

    "potential clients"

  4. likely(adverb)

    within the realm of credibility

    "not a very likely excuse"

  5. probably, likely, in all likelihood, in all probability, belike(adverb)

    with considerable certainty; without much doubt

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

Wiktionary

  1. likely(Noun)

    Something or somebody considered likely.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  2. likely(Adverb)

    Similarly.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  3. likely(Adverb)

    Probably.

    Likely he'll win the election in this economy.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  4. likely(Adjective)

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

    Rain is likely later this afternoon.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  5. likely(Adjective)

    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. likely(Adjective)

    appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential

    Jones is a likely candidate for management.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  7. likely(Adjective)

    plausible; Within the realm of credibility

    not a very likely excuse.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  8. likely(Adjective)

    promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome

    a likely topic for investigation.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  9. likely(Adjective)

    attractive; pleasant

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

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  10. likely(Adjective)

    Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

    He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likely(adj)

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

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

  2. Likely(adj)

    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. Likely(adj)

    similar; like; alike

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

  4. Likely(adj)

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

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

  5. Likely(adj)

    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. Likely(adverb)

    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

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How to say likely in sign language?

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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. Deborah Lupton:

    Once women do this for a while, they should get a good sense of where in their cycle they ovulate, these apps and software tools are not likely to be effective for women who either are trying to conceive or using these tools to avoid conception.

  2. Richard Isaacson:

    Based on emerging data from studies like this, we are now able to clarify sex differences in dementia risk, combining these findings with my clinical experience, I have seen greater impact on visceral fat on memory function in women, likely mediated by metabolic pathways.

  3. Neil Gorsuch:

    Senator, he has no idea how I’d rule in that case and, senator, I’m not going to say anything here that’s going to give anybody any idea how I’d rule in any case like that that could come before the Supreme Court or my court on the 10th Circuit, it would be grossly improper of a judge to do that. It would be a violation of the separation of powers and judicial independence if someone sitting at this table, in order to get confirmed, had to make promises or commitments about how they’d rule in a case that’s currently pending and likely to make its way to the Supreme Court.

  4. Sandra Horley:

    We know that ordinarily the window of opportunity for women with abusive partners to make a call and seek help is often very limited, now, it is likely that window has become even smaller.

  5. Paul Triolo:

    Huawei is showing that it will not roll over on the Paul Triolo full court press, it is not likely to result in Huawei gaining new access to the Paul Triolo market.

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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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