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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Likely  \Like"ly\,  a.  [Compar.  {Likelier}  (l[imac]k"l[i^]*[~e]r); 
  superl.  {Likeliest}.]  [That  is  like-like.  See  {Like},  a.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Likely  \Like"ly\,  adv 
  In  all  probability;  probably. 
 
  While  man  was  innocent  he  was  likely  ignorant  of 
  nothing  that  imported  him  to  know  --Glanvill. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  likely 
  adj  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}, 
  {plausible}]  [ant:  {improbable}] 
  3:  expected  to  become  or  be  in  prospect;  "potential  clients"; 
  "expected  income"  [syn:  {expected},  {potential}] 
  4:  within  the  realm  of  credibility;  "not  a  very  likely  excuse"; 
  "a  plausible  story"  [syn:  {plausible}] 
  adv  :  with  considerable  certainty;  without  much  doubt;  "He  is 
  probably  out  of  the  country";  "in  all  likelihood  we  are 
  headed  for  war"  [syn:  {probably},  {in  all  likelihood}, 
  {in  all  probability},  {belike}] 




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