likelihood likelihood  /ˈlaɪ kli ˌhʊd/


  • (n) the probability of a specified outcome


  1. Several factors are at work to reduce the likelihood of such an explosion.
  2. The FBI is not talking about the nature of the new information, or the likelihood it will lead to new arrests.
  3. And that fact alone means there's little likelihood of a major change in Iraqi government policies bad news for the Bush Administration.


  1. Russia: No request from Snowden

    The country's foreign minister says he won't speculate on the likelihood of an asylum request.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Politico

  2. J.P. Morgan credit outlook cut by S&P

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s credit rating outlook was revised to negative by Standard & Poor's ratings agency on Tuesday, said media reports. The ratings firm reduced the outlook for the Wall Street firm on the likelihood that government support for the largest American banks was waning. J.P. Morgan's rating was reduced from stable, bringing it in line with several other ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Market Watch

  3. 2013 NBA Draft LB Big Board: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kentaviously Takes #11

    This was my only case of the "Oh My God's" I got all day. The first guy I happen to see is the guy the Sixers will, in all likelihood, select with the 2nd overall pick.
    on June 11, 2013     Source:


  1. "I think that we would probably be wise to temper our expectations here, that the likelihood that Iraq is suddenly going to turn into something that looks close to what we enjoy here in this country is going to be a long time coming," Fallon said.
    on Jan 29, 2007 By: Adm William Fallon Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Taxpayers should not be asked to finance assistance for automakers without a strong likelihood that they will be paid back," Perino said in a statement Saturday.
    on Dec 7, 2008 By: Dana Perino Source: Baltimore Sun

  3. "If we were to be driven out of Iraq, extremists of all strains would be emboldened," Mr. Bush said. "Al Qaeda could find new recruits and new sanctuaries. And a failed Iraq could increase the likelihood that our forces would someday have to...
    on Sep 15, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Wall Street Journal

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