likely

If something's probably true, it's likely. When you walk in the rain, it's likely that your shoes will get wet.

Likely is an adjective that's perfect for describing things you can imagine happening, such as the likely destination of next summer's vacation. Any time that something is in the cards, or bound to happen, you can explain that it's likely to happen. Though it's rarely used this way today in American English, one meaning of likely since the 15th century has been "good looking or attractive."

DEFINITIONS OF: likely

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adj has a good chance of being the case or of coming about

“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”
Synonyms
apt, liable
at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant
probable
apparently destined
promising
showing possibility of achievement or excellence
possible
capable of happening or existing
Antonyms:
unlikely
has little chance of being the case or coming about
farfetched, implausible
highly imaginative but unlikely
last
most unlikely or unsuitable
outside, remote
very unlikely
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adj likely but not certain to be or become true or real

“a likely result”
Synonyms:
probable
equiprobable
equally probable
presumptive
having a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance
verisimilar
appearing to be true or real
Antonyms:
improbable, unlikely
not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred
supposed
mistakenly believed
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adj expected to become or be; in prospect

Synonyms:
potential
prospective
of or concerned with or related to the future

adj within the realm of credibility

“not a very likely excuse”
Synonyms
believable, credible
capable of being believed

adv with considerable certainty; without much doubt

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