## likelihood

[līk**′**lē ho̵od′]

noun

the fact of being likely to happen or something that is likely to happen; probability

Origin of likelihood

Middle English*liklihode*: see likely and amp; -hood

## likelihood

noun

- The state of being probable; probability.
- Something probable.

## likelihood

Noun

(*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)*

Origin

likely + -hood