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like‧li‧hood [singular, uncountable]
1 the degree to which something can reasonably be expected to happen [= probability]
likelihood of
Using a seatbelt will reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a car accident.
little/lower/high/greater etc likelihood
There was very little likelihood of her getting the job.
likelihood (that)
They must face the likelihood that the newspaper might go bankrupt.

in all likelihood

almost certainly:
If I refused, it would in all likelihood mean I'd lose my job.

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