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Meaning of likely

like•ly

Pronunciation: (līk'lē), [key]
— adj., adv. -li•er, -li•est,
—adj.
  1. probably or apparently destined (usually fol. by an infinitive): something not likely to happen.
  2. seeming like truth, fact, or certainty; reasonably to be believed or expected; believable: a likely story.
  3. seeming to fulfill requirements or expectations; apparently suitable: a likely place for a restaurant.
  4. showing promise of achievement or excellence; promising: a fine, likely young man.
—adv.
  1. probably: We will likely stay home this evening.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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