or like·li·ness

[ lahyk-lee-hoo d ]
/ ˈlaɪk liˌhʊd /


the state of being likely or probable; probability.
a probability or chance of something: There is a strong likelihood of his being elected.
Archaic. indication of a favorable end; promise.

Origin of likelihood

First recorded in 1350–1400, likelihood is from the Middle English word liklihood. See likely, -hood

Related forms

su·per·like·li·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for likelihood


likeliness (ˈlaɪklɪˌnɪs)

/ (ˈlaɪklɪˌhʊd) /


the condition of being likely or probable; probability
something that is probable
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 likelihoodSee also maximum likelihood
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