Likely Like"ly, a. [Compar. {Likelier} (l[imac]k"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Likeliest}.] [That is, like-like. See {Like}, a.] 1. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story. [1913 Webster]

It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and conspicuous. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain. [1913 Webster]

3. Similar; like; alike. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome. --Shak. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant. [1913 Webster]

6. Improbable; unlikely; -- used ironically; as, a likely story. [informal] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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