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Spell Check of likely

Correct spelling: likely

Definition of likely:

  1. Probably.
  2. Such as may have taken place; probable; like what is wanted; suitable; such as may be liked; pleasing.

Common misspellings for likely:

lukely, likekly.

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Examples of usage for likely:

  1. Apt implies a natural fitness or tendency; an impetuous person is apt to speak hastily. Liable refers to a contingency regarded as unfavorable; as, the ship was liable to founder at any moment. Likely refers to a contingent event regarded as very probable, and usually, tho not always, favorable; as, an industrious worker is likely to succeed. Credible signifies readily to be believed; as, a credible narrative; likely in such connection is used ironically to signify the reverse; as, a likely story! A thing is conceivable of which the mind can entertain the possibility; a thing is conjectural which is conjectured as possible or probable without other support than a conjecture, or tentative judgment; a thing is presumable which, from what is antecedently known, may betaken for granted in advance of proof. Reasonable in this connection signifies such as the reason can be satisfied with, independently of external grounds for belief or disbelief; as, that seems a reasonable supposition. Compare APPARENT. –  by
  2. The old man said, 'Meet it; very likely it will not last two years. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  3. On the other hand, the woman who does not marry is still less likely to forget such an offer. – The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols by William Black

Rhymes for likely:

  1. unlikely;
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