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1likely

adjective like·ly \ˈlī-klē\

—used to indicate the chance that something will happen

: seeming to be true

: seeming to be right or suited for a purpose

like·li·erlike·li·est

Full Definition of LIKELY

1
:  having a high probability of occurring or being true :  very probable <rain is likely today>
2
:  apparently qualified :  suitable <a likely place>
3
:  reliable, credible <a likely enough story>
4
:  promising <a likely candidate>
5
:  attractive <a likely child>

Examples of LIKELY

  1. That seems to be the most likely explanation.
  2. This looks like a likely spot for a picnic.
  3. They regard him as a likely candidate for the job.

Origin of LIKELY

Middle English, from Old English gelīclic fitting (from gelīc like) and Old Norse glīkligr, līkligr, from glīkr like; akin to Old English gelīc
First Known Use: 14th century

2likely

adverb

: without much doubt

Full Definition of LIKELY

:  in all probability :  probably <those who seek power will most likely wind up exercising it — Halton Arp>

Examples of LIKELY

  1. He'll very likely be late.
  2. Will it rain tomorrow? Most likely.

First Known Use of LIKELY

14th century
LIKELY Defined for Kids

1likely

adjective like·ly \ˈlī-klē\
like·li·erlike·li··est

Definition of LIKELY for Kids

1
:  very possibly going to happen <That glass is likely to fall.>
2
:  seeming to be the truth :  believable <That is the most likely explanation.>
3
:  giving hope of turning out well :  promising <They found a likely spot for a picnic.>

2likely

adverb

Definition of LIKELY for Kids

:  without great doubt <She will likely be elected class president.>

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