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 likely likely

adj

  • () has a good chance of being the case or of coming about  ( likely )
    has a good chance of being the case or of coming about
     these services are likely to be available to us all before long
    these services are likely to be available to us all before long
     she is likely to forget
    she is likely to forget
     a likely place for a restaurant
    a likely place for a restaurant
     the broken limb is likely to fall
    the broken limb is likely to fall
     rain is likely
    rain is likely
     a likely topic for investigation
    a likely topic for investigation
     likely candidates for the job
    likely candidates for the job
  • () likely but not certain to be or become true or real  ( likely, probable )
    likely but not certain to be or become true or real
     a likely result
    a likely result
     he foresaw a probable loss
    he foresaw a probable loss
  • adv

  • () with considerable certainty; without much doubt  ( belike, in all probability, in all likelihood, likely, probably )
    with considerable certainty; without much doubt
     He is probably out of the country
    He is probably out of the country
     in all likelihood we are headed for war
    in all likelihood we are headed for war
  • adj

  • within the realm of credibility  ( likely )
    within the realm of credibility
     not a very likely excuse
    not a very likely excuse
  • expected to become or be; in prospect  ( likely, potential )
    expected to become or be; in prospect
     potential clients
    potential clients