like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Definition of likeness

1 : copy, portrait
3 : the quality or state of being like : resemblance

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likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike. a remarkable likeness to his late father some similarity between the two cases resemblance implies similarity chiefly in appearance or external qualities. statements that bear little resemblance to the truth similitude applies chiefly to correspondence between abstractions. two schools of social thought showing points of similitude analogy implies likeness or parallelism in relations rather than in appearance or qualities. pointed out analogies to past wars

Examples of likeness in a Sentence

a stamp bearing the likeness of a president There's some likeness between them. There's an uncanny likeness between them.
Recent Examples on the Web The collective is a unique name, image and likeness (NIL) opportunity for UConn athletes. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 Contrary to what certain coaches or administrators might say, the biggest threat to college football isn’t athletes profiting off their fame or boosters funding collectives that peddle name, image and likeness deals. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Phillips instead will have name, image and likeness opportunities with the Volunteers while competing for a national title. Nick Alvarez |, al, 12 May 2022 As college administrators wrestle with issues like name, image and likeness (NIL) and the transfer portal, Phillips feels perhaps now is the time to overhaul the governance of college football. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 11 May 2022 The New York City teens and friendly rivals are cashing in on their name, image and likeness through marketing contracts often referred to as NIL deals. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 The New York City teens and friendly rivals are cashing in on their name, image and likeness through marketing contracts often referred to as NIL deals. Mark Gillispie, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 Generally, college and high school athletes can use sports agents to market their name, image, and likeness, but they are not permitted to hire agents to represent them professionally without endangering their eligibility. Mark Gillispie, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 Unfortunately, most industry leaders don't recognize the importance of guarding their name, image and likeness until their brand's reputation is threatened. Shaan Rais, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of likeness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Likeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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like·​ness | \ ˈlīk-nəs How to pronounce likeness (audio) \

Kids Definition of likeness

1 : the state of being similar : resemblance
2 : a picture of a person : portrait

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