likeliest

likely

[lahyk-lee]
adjective, likelier, likeliest.
1.
probably or apparently destined (usually followed by an infinitive): something not likely to happen.
2.
seeming like truth, fact, or certainty; reasonably to be believed or expected; believable: a likely story.
3.
seeming to fulfill requirements or expectations; apparently suitable: a likely place for a restaurant.
4.
showing promise of achievement or excellence; promising: a fine, likely young man.
adverb
5.
probably: We will likely stay home this evening.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English likli < Old Norse līkligr. See like1, -ly

apt, likely (see synonym study at apt)(see usage note at the current entry).


3. appropriate.


Likely in the senses “probably destined” and “probably” is often preceded by a qualifying word like very, more, or quite: The board is very likely to turn down the request. The new system will quite likely increase profits. However, despite statements to the contrary in some usage guides, likely in these senses is standard without such a qualifier in all varieties of English: It will likely be a bitter debate. The shipment will likely arrive on Thursday. See also apt, liable.
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likely (ˈlaɪklɪ)
 
adj
1.  ( usually foll by an infinitive ) tending or inclined; apt: likely to rain
2.  probable: a likely result
3.  believable or feasible; plausible
4.  appropriate for a purpose or activity
5.  having good possibilities of success: a likely candidate
6.  dialect chiefly (US) attractive, agreeable, or enjoyable: her likely ways won her many friends
 
adv
7.  probably or presumably
8.  as likely as not very probably
 
usage  Likely as an adverb is preceded by another, intensifying adverb, as in it will very likely rain or it will most likely rain. Its use without an intensifier, as in it will likely rain is regarded as unacceptable by most users of British English, though it is common in colloquial US English

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likely
c.1300, perhaps from O.N. likligr "likely," from likr "like" (adj.). O.E. had cognate geliclic. Meaning "having the appearance of being strong and capable" is from mid-15c., though now mostly confined to Amer.Eng. Sense of "good-looking" is from 1470. Meaning "probably" is attested from late 14c., now
principally in Amer.Eng.
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