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[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’
probability, chance, prospect, possibility, likeliness, odds, feasibility, plausibility, conceivabilityrisk, threat, hazard, danger, fear, peril, liabilityhope, opportunity, promiseView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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