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
Officials believe that a recent wildfire, which stripped away acres of brush and trees, increased the likelihood of a flash flood after the heavy rain this weekend.
Gene drive works by tinkering with the rules of inheritance, increasing the likelihood a gene will be passed to the next generation.
Prosecutors cited a number of Twitter messages from the @BLMBro account that criticized evidence in the trial, arguing that there was a strong likelihood that the account is Mr. Shkreli’s despite a post saying it is run by a fan.
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.
The Senate health-care proposal isn’t as vast or complicated as the ACA, reducing the likelihood of major errors like the one that threatened Obamacare’s survival two years ago.
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.
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Definition of likelihood for English Language Learners
: the chance that something will happen
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