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Definition of likelihood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, singular]
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  1. 1the chance of something happening; how likely something is to happen synonym probability
  2. 2 There is very little likelihood of that happening. In all likelihood (= very probably) the meeting will be canceled. The likelihood is that (= it is likely that) unemployment figures will continue to fall. This reduces the likelihood that the treatment will be successful.
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