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likely: probable, plausible, possible, expected, credible
That isn't a very likely story. That's probably not true.
It seems likely that Bruno won't be attending the party unless he finishes all of his work.

to be likely to (do something): to be inclined, probable, expected, liable, prone (to do something)
We are likely to run into problems if we keep driving on the wrong side of the road.


  • "An additional argument is that foods obtained within a 150 mile (240 km) radius of your home will likely taste better than those which have been packaged, flown, shipped or driven over longer distances."
  • "Although all these modes of transport leave a lot to be desired, I believe that the train option is the least likely to make you want to commit suicide."
  • "Likely to decrease the risk of health complications."
  • "People who chronically lack sleep are also more likely to become depressed."
  • "Trial runs in towns with high obesity levels have shown that consumers are likely to avoid unhealthy products if they have a picture of an unhealthy body on them. As part of the new regulations, healthier food options will also feature a photo of a slim and sexy person, in an attempt to lure consumers towards these products."
  • "In the US, the higher a person's income and level of education, the more likely they are to vote."
  • "Those same scientists predict that this figure is likely to increase in coming years."
  • "You'd better be good though, if not, our expert judge is likely to say: "Don't Give Up Your Day Job"!"
  • "Some socio-economic groups are more likely to vote than others."
  • "Perhaps you are familiar with 'Smells R Us' because of their catchy radio jingles, but more likely you know them for their many unpaid invoices."

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