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Adjective: likely (likelier,likeliest)  lIk-lee
  1. Has a good chance of being the case or of coming about
    "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"
     
  2. Having a high chance to be (or become) true or real
    "a likely result";
    - probable
     
  3. Expected to become or be; in prospect
    "likely clients";
    - potential
     
  4. Within the realm of credibility
    "not a very likely excuse"
Adverb: likely  lIk-lee
  1. With considerable certainty; without much doubt
    - probably, in all likelihood, in all probability, belike

Derived forms: likeliest, likelier

See also: apt, believable, credible, equiprobable, liable, likelihood, likeliness, possible, presumptive, probable, promising, prospective, verisimilar

Antonym: unlikely

Encyclopedia: Likely, CA