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likely

like·ly

likely

 
 
pronunciation:
laI kli
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
inflections: likelier, likeliest
definition 1: probable; quite possible.
It's likely that flights will be delayed because of the snowstorm.Being allergic to dogs, it's not likely that she would adopt one as a pet.
synonyms:
possible, probable
antonyms:
doubtful, improbable, unlikely
similar words:
apparent, apt, contingent, in the cards, liable, logical, odds-on, prospective
definition 2: apparently true; believable.
He claims to have mislaid the document, but that's not a likely story.
synonyms:
believable, credible, plausible, probable
antonyms:
incredible, unbelievable, unlikely
similar words:
apparent, conceivable, possible, reasonable, tenable
definition 3: fitting or suitable.
With all her experience, she a likely candidate for the position.
synonyms:
apt, fitting, suitable
antonyms:
inapt
similar words:
appropriate, logical, meet, odds-on, probable, promising
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part of speech: adverb
definition: probably.
With the flame so high, he will likely burn the pan.
synonyms:
doubtless, doubtlessly, no doubt, probably
derivation: likeliness (n.)