• WordNet 3.6
    • n likelihood the probability of a specified outcome
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Likelihood Appearance of truth or reality; probability; verisimilitude.
    • Likelihood Appearance; show; sign; expression. "What of his heart perceive you in his face
      By any likelihood he showed to-day ?"
    • Likelihood Likeness; resemblance. "There is no likelihood between pure light and black darkness, or between righteousness and reprobation."
    • Likelihood Statistical probability; probability of being true or of occurring in the future; as, the likelihood of being abducted by aliens is close to zero..
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n likelihood The state of being likely or probable; probability; likeliness; promise.
    • n likelihood Promising state or appearance; standing; consideration.
    • n likelihood That which is probable; a probability; an indication.
    • n likelihood Likeness; resemblance; similarity.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Likely, + -hood,


In literature:

Even if the wind sprang up again there was small likelihood of escape.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
The mail being attended to, he sent for Greenwood and spoke to him about the likelihood of war and its consequences.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
These two men had a long talk on the object of their journey and the likelihood of anything satisfactory being accomplished.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
But this was a Romans brag, sauouring rather of ambition than of truth or likelihood.
"Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (4 of 8)" by Raphael Holinshed
As to the second, there was every likelihood of the success of the movement.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
The likelihood of rain or frost is often determined by temperature and humidity.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
Of that there was no sign and no promise or likelihood.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
There they will find the quartermaster in charge, in all likelihood.
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
Yet out of her facts, as she presented them, grew a strange likelihood.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Meanwhile there seems a likelihood of a Tarzan Government being set up in the film world.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, August 25th, 1920" by Various
Will you think it a foregone conclusion, if I assert the superior likelihoods of the latter, and not of the former?
"Probabilities" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
There was a likelihood that, in future, Sir Lionel Carden would represent the British Empire in Brazil.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick
The President had dismissed Bernstorff and there was every likelihood that the country would soon be at war.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II" by Burton J. Hendrick
Every minute increased the likelihood of detection.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
There is no likelihood that the laboratory will ever rival the wheat field.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
A soldier knows the likelihood of his dying in his vocation.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
But the life table does not indicate the actual likelihood of Jones's life being fifteen years.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
Thorough preparation, moreover, minimizes the likelihood of routine, the monotony of which is always deadening.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
By adding to the clearness and intensity of any impressions, attention adds to the likelihood of their retention.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education
There was every likelihood of his being shot before the sentinels recognized him, yet he might be more fortunate.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood

In poetry:

Faith thinks the promise sure and good;
Sense doth depend on likelihood;
Faith ev'n in storms believes the seers;
Sense calls all men, ev'n prophets, liars.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Reason masters every sense,
And her virtues grace her birth;
Lovely as all excellence,
Modest in her most of mirth;
Likelihood enough to prove,
Only worth could kindle love.
"Hearken Then Awhile To Me" by William Browne of Tavistock

In news:

In fact, the President would be willing to make a cameo appearance opposite Vince, Ari and the boys if that increases the likelihood of the film getting made.
On Thursday, militant rockets fired into Israel killed three Israelis, raising the likelihood of a further escalation .
But with the count expected to be largely over tomorrow, there is little likelihood that the measure will pass.
Persistent drought conditions in Wyoming have increased the likelihood farm and ranch livestock could be affected by eating forages that accumulate nitrates during prolonged hot, dry periods.
A simple assessment can predict at birth a baby's likelihood of becoming obese during childhood, scientists said on Wednesday.
As the world population continues to rise, the likelihood of a worldwide food crisis increases.
Exposure to retailers' tweets increases the likelihood of online purchases, Twitter says.
A study shows that the absence of gene expression from two tumor suppression genes drastically increases the likelihood of breast cancer progression.
The forecast for August is hot with a very high likelihood of catching lots of spotted bass.
A new study finds that the likelihood of TV's ill health effects is compounded when it's in a child's bedroom.
Whereas the resort to corporal punishment tends to reduce the likelihood of employing more effective, humane, and creative ways of interacting with children.
"There is a likelihood of a military conflict escalation, to which the Americans are being pushed by Israel," he said in an interview with Interfax.
Two very different crises have captured the world's attention: the likelihood of nuclear meltdowns at power plans in Japan and bloody fighting in Libya.
We're looking for a higher likelihood of rain the further south you go, so from Rochester, Batavia, and Buffalo south, as you go towards the Pennsylvania border, you could see quite a bit of rain over the next 24 hours.
Second, it rank -orders each seat by the likelihood of being won by a Republican, with one being most likely to be won by a Republican and 37 being most likely to be won by a Democrat.

In science:

This likelihood function is similar to that shown in Figure 4.1, except that the likelihood has been marginalized over the phase offset.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Sieve maximum likelihood estimation We will consider now a maximum likelihood approach to the estimation of the state r.
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)
Jacod (see also [2, 32]) showed that the likelihood of such counting processes is absolutely continuous to the likelihood of Poisson process models.
Bayesian Poisson process partition calculus with an application to Bayesian L\'evy moving averages
The Bayesian evidence, also known as the model likelihood and sometimes, less accurately, as the marginal likelihood, comes from a full implementation of Bayesian inference at the model level, and is the probability of the data given the model.
Information criteria for astrophysical model selection
They are relatively simple to apply because they require only the maximum likelihood achievable within a given model, rather than the likelihood throughout the parameter space.
Information criteria for astrophysical model selection
The first expression is motivated by the form of the AIC, repla cing the maximum likelihood with the mean parameter likelihood, and the number of parameters with the effective number.
Information criteria for astrophysical model selection
The criteria for the various approaches is generically a function of the log-likelihood of the maximum likelihood estimator of the parameters of the model and a term which depends on the number of parameters of the model that penalizes overfitting of the model order.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
If one knows the log likelihood ratio uµk of bit bk given only one of its neighbours µ, then assuming these likelihoods to be independent (as is valid on a tree), one can construct the conditional likelihood of bk given all its neighbours excluding ν (or log likelihood ratio hkν ).
Randomness and metastability in CDMA paradigms
We suppose independence across blocks so the log-likelihood for the full observation vector Y is computed by summing the log-likelihoods (11) over neighborhoods I ∈ N .
Estimating deformations of isotropic Gaussian random fields on the plane
As a consequence, for each galaxy, the parameter p defined as the arcotangent of the ratio of the exponential fit likelihood Lexp to the de-Vaucouleurs fit likelihood LdeV , p = atan(Lexp/Ldev ), is a measure of the probability that the system is disk or bulge dominated.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
The results do not change significantly if we divide the sample into early and late types by requiring the early-type galaxies to have the likelihood of a de-Vaucouleurs profile higher than the likelihood of a disk profile.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
In the lower plot, galaxies are classified as early-type if the likelihood of a de-Vaucouleur profile for their surface brightness is higher than the likelihood of an exponential fir and late-type otherwise.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
The maximum likelihood (ML) estimate of q is the distribution that maximizes the data likelihood.
Exact Non-Parametric Bayesian Inference on Infinite Trees
This example gives concrete evidence of the benefits of our local likelihood as compared to na¨ıve local likelihoods where the stationary model is assumed throughout a neighborhood.
Local likelihood estimation of local parameters for nonstationary random fields
The computation of the marginal likelihood Eq. (4) and Bayes factor, Eq. (3) requires the integration of the likelihood function, p( ~d|~θ, H, I ), where H is either HN or HS , multiplied by the prior density function of the unknown parameters for the given hypothesis.
Bayesian coherent analysis of in-spiral gravitational wave signals with a detector network