the fact of being likely to happen or something that is likely to happen; probability
Origin of likelihoodMiddle English liklihode: see likely and amp; -hood
- The state of being probable; probability.
- Something probable.
(countable and uncountable, plural likelihoods)
- The probability of a specified outcome; the chance of something happening; probability; the state of being probable.
- In all likelihood the meeting will be cancelled.
- The likelihood is that the inflation rate will continue to rise.
- (mathematics) Shorthand for likelihood function; the probability that a real world experiment would generate a specific datum, as a function of the parameters of a mathematical model.
- Likeness, resemblance.
- "There is no likelihood between pure light and black darkness, or between righteousness and reprobation." (Sir W. Raleigh)
- (archaic) Appearance, show, sign, expression.
- "What of his heart perceive you in his face by any likelihood he showed to-day ?" (Shak)
likely + -hood