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
Another study in the Journal of Consumer Affairs in 2011 found that simply using a retirement calculator increased someone’s likelihood of saving.
The nation’s dollar shortage, exacerbated by a collapse in oil prices, has left investors trying to gauge the likelihood that the government can keep servicing its debt.
After fans launched a campaign for Chance the Rapper to run for mayor of Chicago, the Coloring Book MC covered the June issue of Ebony magazine, and opened up about the likelihood of a potential run in politics in the future.
Besides tempering expectations for the broader economy, traders appear to be discounting the likelihood of major tax cuts or a burst of infrastructure spending this year, judging by a recent drop in bond yields.
Opponents, including the American Bar Association, say the law will increase the likelihood that the state will put an innocent person to death.
The results so far are somewhat obtuse, but that could be a problem with the source text rather than QnA Maker, which in all likelihood has not yet read a billion FAQs to learn its art.
News reports, however, had not said the president mentioned Israel in connection with the intelligence, only that the specificity of his remarks to Lavrov would in all likelihood have allowed the Russians to determine the source.
Some time ago the Pentagon floated up an idea called the Policy Analysis Market, which would have allowed online traders to wager on the likelihood of future terrorist attacks.
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Origin and Etymology of likelihood
First Known Use: 14th century
LIKELIHOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of likelihood for English Language Learners
: the chance that something will happen
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