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
  1. adjective
    having 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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
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    Antonyms:
    improbable, unlikely
    not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred
    supposed
    mistakenly believed
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  3. adjective
    expected to become or be; in prospect
    synonyms: potential
    prospective
    of or concerned with or related to the future
  4. adjective
    within the realm of credibility
    “not a very likely excuse”
    Synonyms:
    believable, credible
    capable of being believed
  5. adverb
    with considerable certainty; without much doubt
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