Definition of likelihood
: probability a strong likelihood that he is correct — T. D. Anderson
Examples of likelihood in a Sentence
There is a strong likelihood that he will be reelected.
the weatherman on TV said that the likelihood of rain today was fairly high
Recent Examples of likelihood from the Web
The likelihood, experts say, is that some serious mistake by Cunanan or tip from the public will eventually nail him.
The plan overall would do the same thing the House plan does: give less federal money for insurance and increase the likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.
But ever since the Doomsday Clock, which measures how close the world is to a major anthropogenic disaster, was introduced after World War II, the public has kept a nervous eye on the likelihood of nuclear wars.
So there is a large likelihood that there will be a custody case, and many survivors cannot afford a private attorney.
The greatest likelihood for wind and lightning is from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday night.
Green infrastructure elements are meant to reduce the likelihood of stormwater getting into the city's sewer system, which theoretically sends wastewater to city treatment plants.
McCoun wrote his father’s profession lessens the likelihood his son would leave the state prior to trial.
One of those newcomers, midfielder Paul Arriola, anticipated that his recent form with Club Tijuana and his familiarity with Azteca would improve his likelihood of playing.
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Definition of likelihood for English Language Learners
: the chance that something will happen
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