Likely meaning

līk'lē
The definition of likely is something that has a very high chance, that is probably true or that may be suitable.

An example of something described as likely would be a likely chance for a mugging in a dark alley.

An example of something that would be described as likely is the chance of rain when there are dark clouds in the sky and the weatherman predicted rain.

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Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable.

They are likely to become angry with him.

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Within the realm of credibility; plausible.

Not a very likely excuse.

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Apparently appropriate or suitable.

There were several likely candidates for the job.

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Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome; promising.

A likely topic for investigation.

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Attractive; pleasant.

Found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.

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Probably.

They'll likely buy a new car soon.

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Apparently true to the facts; credible; probable.

A likely cause.

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Seeming as if it would happen or might happen; reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

It is likely to rain.

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Such as will probably be satisfactory or rewarding; suitable.

A likely choice for the job.

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Having good prospects; promising.

A likely lad.

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Attractive; agreeable.
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Probably.

She will very likely go.

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Probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring.

Rain is likely later this afternoon.

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They are likely to become angry with him.

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Jones is a likely candidate for management.

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Plausible; Within the realm of credibility.

Not a very likely excuse.

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Promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome.

A likely topic for investigation.

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Attractive; pleasant.

Found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.

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(as predicate, followed by to and infinitive) Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.

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Likely he'll win the election in this economy.

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Something or somebody considered likely.
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Origin of likely

Middle English likly from Old English gelīclīc (from gelīc similar) and from Old Norse līkligr (from līkr similar) līk- in Indo-European roots