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likelihood

noun [U] uk   /ˈlaɪ.kli.hʊd/ us  
C2 the chance that something will happen: This latest dispute greatly increases the likelihood of a strike. [+ that] There is every likelihood that more jobs will be lost later this year. There is little likelihood now that interest rates will come down further.in all likelihood C2 almost certainly: In all likelihood everything will go to plan.
Translations of “likelihood”
in Korean 가능성…
in Arabic احتِمال…
in Portuguese probabilidade…
in Catalan probabilitat…
in Japanese 見込み…
in Italian probabilità, possibilità, eventualità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 可能,可能性…
in Russian вероятность…
in Turkish olasılık, ihtimal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 可能,可能性…
in Polish prawdopodobieństwo…
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