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Usage statistics for the adjective likely:

spoken English27.16%written English72.84% imaginative writing21.58%informational writing78.42%
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The word likely is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective likely

What does likely mean as an attribute of a noun?

Likely is one of the top 50 most common adjectives. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common adjectives in informational written English.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: more likely / likelier | most likely / likeliest

  1. has a good chance of being the case or of coming about
    • examples: these services are likely to be available to us all before long | she is likely to forget | a likely place for a restaurant | the broken limb is likely to fall | rain is likely | a likely topic for investigation | likely candidates for the job
    • antonym: unlikely
    • similar: apt / liable; probable; promising
    • attribute: likelihood / likeliness = the probability of a specified outcome
    • see also: possible
  2. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
  3. expected to become or be; in prospect
  4. within the realm of credibility

Alternative definition of the adjective likely


  1. probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring
  2. probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable
  3. appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential
  4. plausible; Within the realm of credibility
  5. promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome
  6. attractive; pleasant
  7. [context: as predicate, followed by to and infinitive] Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

Definition of the adverb likely

What does likely mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. with considerable certainty; without much doubt

Alternative definition of the adverb likely


  1. [obsolete] Similarly.
  2. See Probably.

Definition of the noun likely

What does likely mean as a name of something?


  1. Something or somebody considered likely.


Likely is a census-designated place in Modoc County, California. It is located near the South Fork of the Pit River 18 miles south of the county seat of Alturas, at an elevation of 4,449 feet. Located 6 miles north-northwest of Likely Mountain, it is somewhat sheltered from prevailing southwesterly winds, and its microclimate is noticeably drier and less stormy than surrounding areas. The ZIP Code for the community is 96116. Likely has been noted for its unusual place name.


"Likely" is a book by Lisa Coffman.

  • also known as "Likely: poems"

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Google previewZondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2011)

by J. D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney

The Greek word likely refers to the dialectical peculiarity of one like Peter, who spoke Jewish Aramaic in a way characteristic of Galilee. “Accent” may be too restricted a rendering, for lalia probably included the peculiar use of words and idioms ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Content-driven programmes are also common where there is a perceived need for high levels of language proficiency and intensive language learning is most likely to yield the desired results. Content-driven programmes, such as immersion , ...

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2008)

Worldwide and long-range socio-economic development outlooks point to areas likely to affect user requirements for meteorological information. Three are of particular importance: * pollution of the environment on a global scale and other ...

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Usage statistics about likely

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective likely:

spoken English27.16%written English72.84% imaginative writing21.58%informational writing78.42%

Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective likely and its most common antonym:


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Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want to love a woman as I am likely to want to love a man, and what about that? Isn't that what freedom implies? (June Jordan)
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Scrabble value of L1I1K5E1L1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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