Definition of Likelihood

The probability of a specified outcome; the chance of something happening; probability; the state or degree of being probable. | (statistics) The probability that some fixed outcome was generated by a random distribution with a specific parameter. | Likeness, resemblance.

- Debby was thinking of the pork, and the
**likelihood**of its being properly diversified. - A chance encounter was all the rider had to fear, and there was little
**likelihood**of this. - There was little
**likelihood**of trouble for Michael with any of the officers he knew. - I have pointed out disadvantages which in all
**likelihood**will disappear with time and settlement by good farmers. - But he told himself that there was scant
**likelihood**of her having turned out here; there was but the one trail now. - Not only had she failed to contact the mysterious woman, but there now seemed little
**likelihood**of doing so. - Had he been an aristocrat, in all
**likelihood**they had never ventured to canvass the merits they now so mercilessly arraign. - But though neither of them was indifferent or unfeeling, there was not much
**likelihood**of sympathy from them just at present. - But in a very short time each saw that he was on a different route, and that there was no
**likelihood**of their clashing in their onward journey. - He realized that the
**likelihood**of finding it was very slim, but there was always the chance, so he hunted carefully. - His eyes sought all through his own witnesses, but they found no
**likelihood**of a testimony in his favor based on the purchase of that grand organ. - As a class, they have dipped the soles of their feet in the water, with no intention or
**likelihood**of wading deeper into it. - There was also the
**likelihood**of encountering reinforcements, sent out to meet the boatmen, or for protection at the time of landing. - She listened eagerly, and, though she saw but little
**likelihood**of escape, she clutched at the chance of it. - These neglected children, whatever their birth, come really from the dangerous classes, and have a
**likelihood**to drift there. - The
**likelihood**of the children, in turn, inheriting any such predisposition, depends on the answer to the inquiry we first put. - But even though the god of Chance should favour the enemy in this way, the
**likelihood**of sinking its prey would still be very remote. - This was to some extent true; the French girl was somewhere else, though there was little
**likelihood**of her claiming the seat. - The more they contemplated the character of this gigantic planet, the more they became impressed with the
**likelihood**of a serious perturbation in their own course. - To some their soldiers had already returned, and they were dining as merrily as if to-morrow did not hold out a reasonable
**likelihood**of being killed. - I felt like another Joseph, sold into Egypt by my own brother, but with no
**likelihood**of becoming king. - Even then he was in the ocean depths miles to windward of our leeward drift, and the
**likelihood**was that he was already portioned out in the maws of many sharks. - The oldest portions in all
**likelihood**are the nave and transepts of the conventual church, the whole of which was completed perhaps by the year 1200. - There had been no interruption of his vacation, as yet, and there was no
**likelihood**that an interruption of it would occur while he should still be among the living. - There was little
**likelihood**that he would be believed here now by these jurors, whose minds were already fixed by the facts and the half truths which they had been hearing. - He was to follow as fast as the loaded porters could be made to travel, and with that concertina of his to spur them on there was little
**likelihood**of losing touch. - But he did it absently, and she understood that his mind was not with her, and that there was little
**likelihood**of his inditing a set of verses to the lily, as she had hoped. - Had the outcome been reversed, had he failed, had Brayley worsted him, there was every
**likelihood**that Conniston would have left the range. - The most beautiful places on this earth are, according to them, just those places which you have never visited, nor is there any
**likelihood**of you ever being fortunate enough to do so.

- The
**likelihood**is that there was malice in it. - In all
**likelihood**the will was now in this very room. - What
**likelihood**was there that the men had come to kill? - There is small
**likelihood**of meeting old acquaintances. - Anyhow, in all
**likelihood**it is no ghost, thought I. - There is no
**likelihood**that any such step will be consummated. - Nor is there any
**likelihood**that this fortunate condition will ever change. - But there was little
**likelihood**of the lady seeing these lines. - There seemed little
**likelihood**that the trail could be picked up quickly. - There seemed small
**likelihood**of it unless I took Jack into our confidence. - But I fear me there's little
**likelihood**of your changing it now.