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or likeliness

[lahyk-lee-hoo d] /ˈlaɪk liˌhʊd/
the state of being likely or probable; probability.
a probability or chance of something:
There is a strong likelihood of his being elected.
Archaic. indication of a favorable end; promise.
Origin of likelihood
1350-1400; Middle English liklihood. See likely, -hood
Related forms
superlikelihood, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was now beyond their reach, and, in all likelihood, had been rejoined by his son.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Willem and Arend would in all likelihood come after him, if they had not already done so.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Joe worried about Barbara and Tad, but the least likelihood of attack was from either side.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • In all likelihood he was now on his way to another interview with them.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • He realizes that many different functions must be brought into co-operation before the likelihood of war can be reduced.

British Dictionary definitions for likelihood


the condition of being likely or probable; probability
something that is probable
(statistics) the probability of a given sample being randomly drawn regarded as a function of the parameters of the population. The likelihood ratio is the ratio of this to the maximized likelihood See also maximum likelihood
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Word Origin and History for likelihood

late 14c., "resemblance, similarity," from likely + -hood. Meaning "probability" is from mid-15c.

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