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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Likely \Like"ly\, adverb In all probability; probably.

While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know. --Glanvill.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Likely \Like"ly\, adjective [Compar. {Likelier} (l[imac]k"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Likeliest}.] [That is, like-like. See {Like}, adjective]

1. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story.

It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and conspicuous. --Johnson.

2. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain.

3. Similar; like; alike. [Obs.] --Spenser.

4. Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome. --Shak. --Milton.

5. Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant.

6. Improbable; unlikely; -- used ironically; as, a likely story. [informal] [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

likely

adverb

1: with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war" [syn: {probably}, {likely}, {in all likelihood}, {in all probability}, {belike}]

adjective

1: 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" [ant: {unlikely}]

2: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss" [syn: {probable}, {likely}] [ant: {improbable}, {unlikely}]

3: expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients" [syn: {likely}, {potential}]

4: within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"


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