I thought it unlikely, and yet likelier than that it should have come from an individual.
You saw at a glance which was the likelier man of the two, when they stood opposed.
It is an unlikely hypothesis, but I cannot suggest a likelier.
I never see a likelier lot of rats than what that first haul was.
That they were Seriform is the likelier doctrine of the two.
Try both: of the two, she was likelier to be going to Southampton.
Knowing Nick as I did, the difficulty of the task appalled me, for no man was likelier than he to fly off at a misplaced word.
The idea made him laugh, and he answered: 'Anything is likelier than that!'
She would have assumed, if it had ever been a question in her mind, that Rose would have been the likelier to yield to emotion.
Were it not likelier that in that case he would have turned into a worm?
c.1300, perhaps from Old Norse likligr "likely," from likr "like" (see like (adj.)). Old English had cognate geliclic. Meaning "having the appearance of being strong and capable" is from mid-15c., though now mostly confined to American English; according to OED this sense is perhaps influenced by like (v.). Sense of "good-looking" is from late 15c. Meaning "probably" is attested from late 14c., now principally in American English.
LIKELY. That may be liked; that may please; handsome. In the United States, as a colloquial term, respectable; worthy of esteem; sensible.--Worcester. [Bartlett]As an adverb, late 14c., from the adjective.