from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable: They are likely to become angry with him.
- adj. Within the realm of credibility; plausible: not a very likely excuse.
- adj. Apparently appropriate or suitable: There were several likely candidates for the job.
- adj. Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome; promising: a likely topic for investigation.
- adj. Attractive; pleasant: found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.
- adv. Usage Problem Probably.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring
- adj. probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable
- adj. appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential
- adj. plausible; Within the realm of credibility
- adj. promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome
- adj. attractive; pleasant
- adj. Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.
- adv. Similarly.
- adv. Probably.
- n. Something or somebody considered likely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Worthy of belief; probable; credible.
- adj. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive.
- adj. Similar; like; alike.
- adj. Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome.
- adj. Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising
- adj. Improbable; unlikely; -- used ironically.
- adv. In all probability; probably.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Similar; congenial; kindred.
- That may be suitable; preferred for a particular reason or purpose; fit or adapted, or giving promise of being so: as, a likely subject for satire.
- Having likeness to truth; that seems or that may be true; credible; probable: as, a likely story.
- Hence Within the limits of probability; having a tendency; so situated or constituted that he or it will probably be or do something indicated: followed by an infinitive.
- Liable to happen or come about; in prospect or expectation.
- Such as may be liked; likable; pleasing; agreeable; commendable; promising; good.
- Synonyms Apt, Likely, etc. See apt.
- Probably; as may reasonably be supposed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. has a good chance of being the case or of coming about
- adj. expected to become or be; in prospect
- adv. with considerable certainty; without much doubt
- adj. within the realm of credibility
- adj. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
Middle English likly, from Old English gelīclīc (from gelīc, similar) and from Old Norse līkligr (from līkr, similar); see līk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse líkligr, from líkr ("like, similar"). (Wiktionary)