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

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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. David Nutt:

    It would also help scientists to develop new and more effective cannabinoid-based medicines for a range of other conditions. there will be many other people in the UK with severe epilepsy who are likely to benefit from medical cannabis and provision must be made to stop them suffering brain damage and death from cannabis-treatable seizures.

  2. Jason Bordoff:

    The oil price collapse has probably pushed out a bit the point at which the U.S. system is saturated with light crude, but directionally easing U.S. export restrictions would likely lift production and lower gasoline prices.

  3. Peter Tuz:

    People are facing further confusion over the number of interest rate decreases we're likely to have going forward due mainly to the strong job numbers Friday, and reacting with a mildly down day in the market, expectations about the number and timing of rate cuts have changed slightly.

  4. Yang Changhua:

    Rio Tinto has to develop the mine as it is a core copper asset to the company, but expected additional copper from the Oyu Tolgoi mine would pile pressure on the global copper market, which is not likely to improve strongly in the coming two years.

  5. Rebecca Ryan:

    There probably is reverse causation, but one of the things that some of the longitudinal research suggests is that when you look at kids over time -- so controlling for baseline rates of misbehavior -- children who are disciplined with corporal punishment versus those who are not, who have the same kinds of behavior problems, show increases in behavior problems over time in a way that children who aren't disciplined that way don't, so yes, there is probably some truth to the idea that kids who are predisposed to misbehavior for whatever reason are more likely to be spanked by parents who use that form of discipline than kids who are less likely to misbehave for whatever reason.

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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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