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1‘it seemed likely that a scandal of some sort would eventually break’
probable, distinctly possible, to be expected, odds-on, on, possible, credible, plausible, believable, within the bounds of possibility, imaginable
expected, anticipated, natural, prospective, predictable, predicted, foreseeable, ten to one, liable
sure, destined, fated
in the wind, in the air
informal on the cards, a pound to a penny
unlikely, impossible, improbable
2‘a more likely explanation for the slump can be found in the shaky financial structure of the club’
plausible, reasonable, feasible, acceptable, believable, credible, tenable, conceivable
3‘Gone running has he? A likely story!’
unlikely, implausible, unbelievable, incredible, untenable, unacceptable, inconceivable
4‘it was a likely place for a romantic-minded young girl to frequent’
suitable, appropriate, apposite, fit, fitting, acceptable, proper, right
reasonable, promising, hopeful
5‘what would I be needing money for with a likely lad like Tom here to support me?’
likely to succeed, promising, talented, gifted
1‘he was most likely dead’
probably, in all probability, presumably, no doubt, doubtlessly
informal like enough, like as not, as like as not
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