likelihood

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From likely +‎ -hood.

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likelihood ‎(countable and uncountable, plural likelihoods)

  1. The probability of a specified outcome; the chance of something happening; probability; the state of being probable.
    In all likelihood the meeting will be cancelled.
    The likelihood is that the inflation rate will continue to rise.
  2. (statistics) The probability that some fixed outcome was generated by a random distribution with a specific parameter.
  3. Likeness, resemblance.
    "There is no likelihood between pure light and black darkness, or between righteousness and reprobation." (Sir W. Raleigh)
  4. (archaic) Appearance, show, sign, expression.
    "What of his heart perceive you in his face by any likelihood he showed to-day ?" (Shak)

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