[ UK /lˈa‍ɪkli/ ]
[ US /ˈɫaɪkɫi/ ]
  1. within the realm of credibility
    not a very likely excuse
  2. has a good chance of being the case or of coming about
    a likely place for a restaurant
    rain is likely
    the broken limb is likely to fall
    likely candidates for the job
    she is likely to forget
    these services are likely to be available to us all before long
    a likely topic for investigation
  3. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
    a likely result
    he foresaw a probable loss
  4. expected to become or be; in prospect
    potential clients
  1. with considerable certainty; without much doubt
    in all likelihood we are headed for war
    He is probably out of the country
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How To Use likely In A Sentence

  • Moreover, Mr Webb's point about what he calls disinterested management -- that is to say, the management of banks by officers whose remuneration bears no relation to the profit made on each piece of business transacted -- is one of the matters in which English banking seems likely at least to be modified. War-Time Financial Problems
  • If you lip balm contains phenol, camphor, menthol, peppermint oil or eucalyptus, it's most likely making your lips more chapped than not.
  • He made comments about a couple of items, suggesting an appetizer that sounded unlikely but that, in his words,'went down a treat. FOLLY
  • The game's protagonist, Laharl, a self-absorbed demon who also happens to be prince to the throne of the netherworld, is as unlikely a ‘hero’ as one could expect.
  • Here, however, they are unlikely to survive the frosts although both impatiens and pelagoniums can be kept for next year in a heated greenhouse or brought indoors and used as house plants.
  • Hillary's woman problem is that her reach among women over 30 I don't want to use the term older women is unlikely to change much. Hillary's Woman Problem Part II
  • Seizures are most likely to occur early in an illness (such as roseola, colds, gastrointestinal infection) when the fever is rising quickly.
  • Let's go inside and drink coffee while we wait - likely the lords will keep us waiting all day before they blather their way to a decision. THE BROKEN GOD
  • They are also less likely to get support from strong religious or spiritual beliefs.
  • It is unlikely that their blueprint for economic reform will be put into action.
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