Definition of likelihood in English:

likelihood

Pronunciation /ˈlīklēˌho͝od/ /ˈlaɪkliˌhʊd/

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noun

  • The state or fact of something's being likely; probability.

    ‘young people who can see no likelihood of finding employment’
    • ‘situations where there is a likelihood of violence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The likelihood of this increases when emotional or physical stress are present.’
    • ‘The reduction in mortality is set against the increased likelihood of intervention.’
    • ‘I knew when I came in for my pit stop that there was little likelihood I would be leaving again.’
    • ‘Boys who only experimented with vice did not increase their likelihood of depression.’
    • ‘Nor, indeed, does there seem any likelihood that such a system would be effective.’
    • ‘There can at this stage be no definitive answer but only an assessment of likelihood.’
    • ‘He submits that the necessary intent has to be proved and likelihood is not enough.’
    • ‘Indeed there seems to be equal likelihood that extra life is lost as it is gained.’
    • ‘The likelihood that one of them will commit a crime or become a drug addict is quite slim.’
    • ‘The test is then whether there is a reasonable chance or a real likelihood of persecution occurring.’
    • ‘Clear allocation of risk may reduce the likelihood of litigation or arbitration.’
    • ‘The trial judge did not consider the factor of the likelihood of danger arising soon.’
    • ‘We need to accept that there is always the chance of failure and the likelihood of flaws.’
    • ‘The question whether the degree of similarity leads to a likelihood of confusion is a question of fact.’
    • ‘So the likelihood of the others having similar problems was of high probability.’
    • ‘Evidently the facts do not add up and so the likelihood is that someone is distorting the truth.’
    • ‘We believe, however, that waging a war will only make the likelihood of retaliation greater.’
    probability, chance, prospect, possibility, likeliness, odds, feasibility, plausibility, conceivability
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Phrases

    in all likelihood
    • Very probably.

      ‘in all likelihood Helen will outlive me’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No matter how good you hit the ball the fact is that you are, in all likelihood, going to have a putt at every hole you play and that putting accounts for almost half the shots you hit.’
      • ‘Between them, racism and migration had ensured that my longing for a sense of belonging would in all likelihood not be satisfied by geography.’
      • ‘It is, in all likelihood, my favourite thing on TV at the moment.’
      • ‘But this would, in all likelihood, push the economy into a recession.’
      • ‘The rest remain out of the loop, so to speak, and in all likelihood will continue to do so.’
      • ‘These have been tumultuous times for the museum and its staff, and in all likelihood will remain so for the rest of the year.’
      • ‘Those raise a number of complex issues requiring detailed consideration and, in all likelihood, a number of enquiries.’