Share this entry

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with likelihood

livelihood • puppyhood

Definition of likelihood in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: iˈnäkyo͞oəs
not harmful or offensive