# likelihood

### or like·li·ness

[lahyk-lee-hoo d]

- 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

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## Related Words for likeliness

prospect, trend, tendency, possibility, probability, risk, circumstance, hazard, incident, action, opportunity, hope, anticipation, odds, expectation, feasibility, chance, contingency, plausibility, realism## Examples from the Web for likeliness

### Historical Examples of likeliness

But for likeliness it is referred rather to the father than to the mother.

Our ignorance is so abysmal that our judgments of likeliness and unlikeliness of future events hardly count.

The Concept of NatureAlfred North Whitehead

## likelihood

### likeliness (ˈlaɪklɪˌnɪs)

- 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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## likelihood

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