adjective, like·li·er, like·li·est.
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Example sentences from the Web for likely
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Graham and Harrison each winning the backing of 48 percent of likely voters in the state.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
If it’s good enough for likely half the cantinas in Mexico, it’s good enough for your Netflix party.
Sara Gideon, the Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, leads Collins, 54 percent to 42 percent, among likely voters in the Quinnipiac University poll, which was released Wednesday.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Most likely that would be in the form of passage of the Equality Act.How the Trump administration is getting around Bostock to allow anti-trans discrimination|Chris Johnson|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
Perhaps most notably, a poll released on Tuesday by Monmouth University found Biden up by 3 to 5 points among likely voters, depending on turnout.Election Update: Where Biden And Trump Have Gained The Most Ground|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
“I'm deeply suspicious obviously because he went to China,” said the man-most-likely-to-accuse-you-of-being-a-spy, Dick Cheney.Without Waiting for Proof, Edward Snowden Foes Begin Spreading Smears|Kirsten Powers|June 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If not, then what happens to his case that Romney would be less-likely to spark a war with Iran?
All these most-likely-innocent people, subjected to such hard looks.Etan Patz Has Been Missing 33 Years, and Solution Still Eludes Police|Lisa R. Cohen|April 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The 50 likely-votes would be targeted by the right and face howling pressure.
Hillary Clinton and John Edwards seemed doomed to risk their presidencies on a likely-to-fail big bang health-care initiative.
But it is no use digging here; it was full five-and-twenty miles from here the likely-looking place.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
He was a likely-lookin' chap enough, but very dark-complected an' sallow-like, with a bad eye, showin' a lot o' the white.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
The feller said to him, seein' me drive up: 'That's a putty likely-lookin' hoss.David Harum|Edward Noyes Westcott
My idea is, said David, that we get the Argo and sail round the island till we sight a likely-looking cliff.Peter Cotterell's Treasure|Rupert Sargent Holland
It was a grand place for birds' nests, and we made very slow progress as we poked about, peering into every likely-looking spot.The Fortunes of Philippa|Angela Brazil