likelihood

[[t]la͟ɪklihʊd[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT: usu N of n/-ing, N that The likelihood of something happening is how likely it is to happen.

The likelihood of infection is minimal...

There didn't seem much likelihood of it happening...

There is every likelihood that sanctions will work.

Syn:
2) N-SING If something is a likelihood, it is likely to happen.

But the likelihood is that people would be willing to pay if they were certain that their money was going to a good cause...

That, as we all know, is not only a possibility but a likelihood.

Syn:
3) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something will happen in all likelihood, you mean that it will probably happen.

These factories would in all likelihood take five to seven years to work up to full production.

Syn:
in all probability

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Likelihood — Like li*hood (l[imac]k l[i^]*h[oo^]d), n. [Likely + hood.] 1. Appearance; show; sign; expression. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] What of his heart perceive you in his face By any likelihood he showed to day ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Likeness; resemblance …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • likelihood — I noun anticipation, chance, conceivability, conceivableness, confident expectation, excellent prospect, expectance, expectancy, expectation, fair chance, fair prospect, favorable chance, favorable prospect, good chance, good prospect, likeliness …   Law dictionary

  • likelihood — late 14c., resemblance, similarity, from LIKELY (Cf. likely) + HOOD (Cf. hood). Meaning probability is from mid 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • likelihood — [n] chance of something happening coin flip*, direction, even break, fair shake, fifty fifty*, fighting chance*, good chance*, liability, likeliness, long shot*, outside chance*, plausibility, possibility, presumption, probability, prospect,… …   New thesaurus

  • likelihood — ► NOUN ▪ the state or fact of being likely …   English terms dictionary

  • likelihood — [līk′lē hood΄] n. [ME liklihode: see LIKELY & HOOD] the fact of being likely to happen or something that is likely to happen; probability …   English World dictionary

  • likelihood — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ every (esp. BrE) ▪ There s every likelihood that she ll be able to help us. ▪ greater, increased ▪ high, real, strong …   Collocations dictionary

  • likelihood — n. 1) great; little likelihood 2) likelihood that + inf. (there is every likelihood that she ll come) 3) in all likelihood * * * [ laɪklɪhʊd] little likelihood great in all likelihood likelihood that + inf. (there is every likelihood that she ll… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • likelihood — like|li|hood [ˈlaıklihud] n [singular, U] 1.) the degree to which something can reasonably be expected to happen = ↑probability likelihood of ▪ Using a seatbelt will reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a car accident.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • likelihood — 01. There is every [likelihood] that we will have a lot of snow in St. Paul this winter. 02. The weather will [likely] remain sunny for the coming week. 03. It s not very [likely] that Marsha will come to the party because she doesn t know… …   Grammatical examples in English

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