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likely

Synonyms of likely in English:

adjective

  • 1 it seemed likely that a scandal would break
    probable, distinctly possible, to be expected, odds-on, possible, plausible, imaginable;
    expected, anticipated, predictable, predicted, foreseeable
    informal in the cards
    [Antonyms] improbable, impossible
  • 2 a likely explanation
    plausible, reasonable, feasible, acceptable, believable, credible, tenable, conceivable
    [Antonyms] incredible, unbelievable
  • 3 a likely story!
    unlikely, implausible, unbelievable, incredible, untenable, unacceptable, inconceivable
    [Antonyms] believable
  • 4 a likely place for a picnic
    suitable, appropriate, apposite, fit, fitting, acceptable, right;
    promising, hopeful
  • adverb

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  • 1 he was likely dead
    probably, in all probability, presumably, no doubt, doubtlessly
    informal (as) like as not, chances are
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