adjective \ˈlī-klē\

—used to indicate the chance that something will happen

: seeming to be true

: seeming to be right or suited for a purpose


Full Definition of LIKELY

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



: 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


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