Synonyms of likely


1. likely (vs. unlikely), apt(predicate), liable(predicate), probable, promising, possible

usage: has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"

2. probable (vs. improbable), likely, equiprobable, presumptive, verisimilar

usage: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"

3. likely, potential, prospective (vs. retrospective)

usage: expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients"

4. likely, credible (vs. incredible), believable

usage: within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"


1. probably, likely, in all likelihood, in all probability, belike

usage: with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"

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Definition and meaning of likely (Dictionary)