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likelihood

or likeliness

[lahyk-lee-hoo d] /ˈlaɪk liˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being likely or probable; probability.
2.
a probability or chance of something:
There is a strong likelihood of his being elected.
3.
Archaic. indication of a favorable end; promise.
Origin of likelihood
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, likelihood is from the Middle English word liklihood. See likely, -hood
Related forms
superlikelihood, noun
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likelihood

/ˈlaɪklɪˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the condition of being likely or probable; probability
2.
something that is probable
3.
(statistics) the probability of a given sample being randomly drawn regarded as a function of the parameters of the population. The likelihood ratio is the ratio of this to the maximized likelihood See also maximum likelihood
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Word Origin and History for likelihood
n.

late 14c., "resemblance, similarity," from likely + -hood. Meaning "probability" is from mid-15c.

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