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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
Adjectivelikely (comparative likeli, superlative er)
- probable; having a good chance of occuring
- Rain is likely later this afternoon.
- probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable
- They are likely to become angry with him.
- appropriate; believable; having a good potential
- Jones is a likely candidate for management.
- plausible; Within the realm of credibility
- not a very likely excuse.
- suitable; Apparently appropriate or suitable
- There were several likely candidates for the job.
- promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome
- a likely topic for investigation.
- attractive; pleasant
- found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.
Used as an adverb likely is most commonly preceded by a modifier such as very or quite: He will quite likely require some help with his classes.
But the unmodified use of likely is common enough in educated writing, and though it might be better avoided in highly formal style, it should not be regarded as incorrect: They'll likely buy a new car this year.
In standard English the adverb likely must be used with word such as most, more or very:
- We will most likely see him later.
In informal usage likely is often used on its own:
- We will likely see him later.
- He said that he would likely run for Prime Minister.
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