- A statement of the chance that an unknown quantity in reality has a particular value based on the readiness with which it would account for a given set of data; in this way the merits of various competing interpretations may be compared.
* * *like·li·hood (līkґle-hood) a function of data that specifies, for each value of an unknown parameter describing a population distribution, the probability of observing the values sampled. See also maximum likelihood estimate, under estimate.
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Likelihood — Like li*hood (l[imac]k l[i^]*h[oo^]d), n. [Likely + hood.] 1. Appearance; show; sign; expression. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] What of his heart perceive you in his face By any likelihood he showed to day ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Likeness; resemblance … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
likelihood — I noun anticipation, chance, conceivability, conceivableness, confident expectation, excellent prospect, expectance, expectancy, expectation, fair chance, fair prospect, favorable chance, favorable prospect, good chance, good prospect, likeliness … Law dictionary
likelihood — late 14c., resemblance, similarity, from LIKELY (Cf. likely) + HOOD (Cf. hood). Meaning probability is from mid 15c … Etymology dictionary
likelihood — [n] chance of something happening coin flip*, direction, even break, fair shake, fifty fifty*, fighting chance*, good chance*, liability, likeliness, long shot*, outside chance*, plausibility, possibility, presumption, probability, prospect,… … New thesaurus
likelihood — ► NOUN ▪ the state or fact of being likely … English terms dictionary
likelihood — [līk′lē hood΄] n. [ME liklihode: see LIKELY & HOOD] the fact of being likely to happen or something that is likely to happen; probability … English World dictionary
likelihood — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ every (esp. BrE) ▪ There s every likelihood that she ll be able to help us. ▪ greater, increased ▪ high, real, strong … Collocations dictionary
likelihood — [[t]la͟ɪklihʊd[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: usu N of n/ ing, N that The likelihood of something happening is how likely it is to happen. The likelihood of infection is minimal... There didn t seem much likelihood of it happening... There is every… … English dictionary
likelihood — n. 1) great; little likelihood 2) likelihood that + inf. (there is every likelihood that she ll come) 3) in all likelihood * * * [ laɪklɪhʊd] little likelihood great in all likelihood likelihood that + inf. (there is every likelihood that she ll… … Combinatory dictionary
likelihood — like|li|hood [ˈlaıklihud] n [singular, U] 1.) the degree to which something can reasonably be expected to happen = ↑probability likelihood of ▪ Using a seatbelt will reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a car accident.… … Dictionary of contemporary English
likelihood — 01. There is every [likelihood] that we will have a lot of snow in St. Paul this winter. 02. The weather will [likely] remain sunny for the coming week. 03. It s not very [likely] that Marsha will come to the party because she doesn t know… … Grammatical examples in English