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Definitions of likely

  1. with considerable certainty; without much doubt; " He is probably out of the country"; " in all likelihood we are headed for war"
  2. expected to become or be; in prospect; " potential clients"; " expected income"
  3. within the realm of credibility; " not a very likely excuse"; " a plausible story"
  4. has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; " these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; " she is likely to forget"; " a likely place for a restaurant"; " the broken limb is likely to fall"; " rain is likely"; " a likely topic for investigation"; " likely candidates for the job"
  5. likely but not certain to be or become true or real; " a likely result"; " he foresaw a probable loss"
  6. Likelihood.
  7. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story.
  8. Similar; like; alike.
  9. Such as suits; good- looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome.
  10. Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant.
  11. In all probability; probably.
  12. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; - followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain.
  13. Probable; as, a likely story.
  14. Probably.
  15. Likelier.
  16. Likeliest.
  17. Like the thing required: oredible: probable: having reason to expect.
  18. LIKELINESS, LIKELIHOOD.
  19. That may be liked: pleasing.
  20. Probable.
  21. Apparently true or real; probable; promising.
  22. Such as may have taken place; probable; like what is wanted; suitable; such as may be liked; pleasing.
  23. Probable; that may be thought more reasonable than the contrary; such as may be liked; pleasing; promising.
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Usage examples for likely

  1. It would not be likely. – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  2. And 'tain't likely he would have had a good coat either- that is, not such a one as I should call good. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  3. It's likely to help her- for a time. – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister
  4. Am I likely to believe all that? – The Return by Walter de la Mare
  5. It was little likely that they would for him, and they said it. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  6. Could anything be as likely to do that as- this? – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  7. " It likely was 'someone else, '" she said. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  8. " I am not likely to; I will tell him this evening. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  9. I don't think she knows it, or it is very likely she would take her away. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  10. " It 's altogether likely," said the other lady, eagerly. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  11. It's quite likely, Betty, quite likely. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  12. May get up in a day or two, but far more likely not in a week or two. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. It was likely they would have something to do! – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  14. And if she would not speak to you before, it is not likely she will now. – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  15. And he'll be likely to bring it back. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  16. Is it likely I shall ever forget it? – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. My dear, am I likely to say so? – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. If your friends don't know it from you, they're not likely to hear it. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  19. It is very likely, as you will see from what did happen later. – The Iron Star And what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages by John Preston True
  20. It isn't likely, for he can't make out why I told you. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
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