Definition of likelihood in English:

likelihood

noun

  • [mass noun] The state or fact of something's being likely; probability:

    ‘young people who can see no likelihood of finding employment’
    [in singular] ‘situations where there is a likelihood of violence’
    • ‘The likelihood of this increases when emotional or physical stress are present.’
    • ‘The test is then whether there is a reasonable chance or a real likelihood of persecution occurring.’
    • ‘There is thus far less likelihood of stalemates or draws forming in the game.’
    • ‘I knew when I came in for my pit stop that there was little likelihood I would be leaving again.’
    • ‘Evidently the facts do not add up and so the likelihood is that someone is distorting the truth.’
    • ‘The reduction in mortality is set against the increased likelihood of intervention.’
    • ‘There can at this stage be no definitive answer but only an assessment of likelihood.’
    • ‘There is also no likelihood that anything said or done would have induced any other confession.’
    • ‘Nor, indeed, does there seem any likelihood that such a system would be effective.’
    • ‘So the likelihood of the others having similar problems was of high probability.’
    • ‘The likelihood is that the pelts of the rabid foxes have been sold to furriers.’
    • ‘He submits that the necessary intent has to be proved and likelihood is not enough.’
    • ‘The likelihood that one of them will commit a crime or become a drug addict is quite slim.’
    • ‘We need to accept that there is always the chance of failure and the likelihood of flaws.’
    • ‘Indeed there seems to be equal likelihood that extra life is lost as it is gained.’
    • ‘Clear allocation of risk may reduce the likelihood of litigation or arbitration.’
    • ‘The question whether the degree of similarity leads to a likelihood of confusion is a question of fact.’
    • ‘The trial judge did not consider the factor of the likelihood of danger arising soon.’
    • ‘We believe, however, that waging a war will only make the likelihood of retaliation greater.’
    • ‘Boys who only experimented with vice did not increase their likelihood of depression.’
    probability, chance, prospect, possibility, likeliness, odds, feasibility, plausibility, conceivability
    risk, threat, hazard, danger, fear, peril, liability
    hope, opportunity, promise
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Pronunciation

likelihood

/ˈlʌɪklɪhʊd/