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likelihood Line breaks: like¦li|hood
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪklɪhʊd/

Definition of likelihood in English:


[mass noun]
The state or fact of something’s being likely; probability: young people who can see no likelihood of finding employment [in singular]: situations where there is a likelihood of violence
More example sentences
  • The likelihood is that the pelts of the rabid foxes have been sold to furriers.
  • There is thus far less likelihood of stalemates or draws forming in the game.
  • There is also no likelihood that anything said or done would have induced any other confession.
risk, threat, hazard, danger, fear, peril, liability;
hope, opportunity, promise


in all likelihood
Very probably: in all likelihood Helen will outlive me
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  • The idea began to occur to me that maybe, in all likelihood, I wasn't all that different from them.
  • It is likely to involve different local interests and, in all likelihood, various interests at the central level as well.
  • It lifted them in a game that in all likelihood the probably shouldn't have been in.
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