[ lahyk-lee-hood ]
/ ˈlaɪk liˌhʊd /
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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.
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Origin of likelihood
OTHER WORDS FROM likelihoodsu·per·like·li·hood, noun
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How to use likelihood in a sentence
Our ignorance is so abysmal that our judgments of likeliness and unlikeliness of future events hardly count.The Concept of Nature|Alfred North Whitehead
But for likeliness it is referred rather to the father than to the mother.
British Dictionary definitions for likelihood
/ (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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