Like"ly, a. [Compar. Likelier (?); superl. Likeliest.] [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

1.

Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story.

It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and conspicuous. Johnson.

2.

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

3.

Similar; like; alike.

[Obs.]

Spenser.

4.

Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome.

Shak. Milton.

5.

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

 

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Like"ly, adv.

In all probability; probably.

While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know. Glanvill.

 

© Webster 1913.

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