adjective, like·li·er, like·li·est.
Examples from the Web for likelier
But the delivery of a letter into Master Ripton's hands, furnished her with other and likelier appearances to study.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete|George Meredith
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.Otherwise Phyllis|Meredith Nicholson
Yea, if your hearts be cold, prayer is a likelier means to warm them, than the omission of it.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Possibly: for if ever I fall among thieves, nobody is likelier to be at the head of them.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
It is likelier the hot young spirits, Belleisle and others, controlled old Fleury into it.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for likelier
Word Origin for likely
Word Origin and History for likelier
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.