in all likelihood

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in all likelihood

  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.
    • 2014 Sept. 23, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian:
      [I]f your prospective school is proudly displaying that "We Are Outstanding" banner on its perimeter fence . . . do bear in mind that in all likelihood it has been awarded for results in those two subjects, rather than for its delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.



  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See "in all likelihood," under "likelihood."
  • in all likelihood at OneLook Dictionary Search