in all likelihood

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in all likelihood (not comparable)

  1. Very probably; almost certainly.
    • 1847, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, ch. 2,
      I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likelihood, a gleam from a lantern carried by some one across the lawn.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See "in all likelihood," under "likelihood."
  • "in all likelihood" in the Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing roup, 2006.