likelihood

noun like·li·hood \ ˈlī-klē-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of likelihood

: probability
  • a strong likelihood that he is correct
  • —T. D. Anderson

Examples of likelihood in a Sentence

  1. There is a strong likelihood that he will be reelected.

  2. the weatherman on TV said that the likelihood of rain today was fairly high

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Origin and Etymology of likelihood



LIKELIHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

likelihood

Definition of likelihood for English Language Learners

  • : the chance that something will happen


LIKELIHOOD Defined for Kids

likelihood

noun like·li·hood \ ˈlī-klē-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of likelihood for Students

: probability 1
  • In all likelihood we will go.


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