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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 like·ly /ˈlaɪkli/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Like·ly, a. [Compar. Likelier superl. Likeliest.]
 1. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story.
    It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and conspicuous.   --Johnson.
 2. Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain.
 3. Similar; like; alike. [Obs.]
 4. Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome.
 5. Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Like·ly, adv. In all probability; probably.
    While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know.   --Glanvill.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: has a good chance of being the case or of coming about;
             "these services are likely to be available to us all
             before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely
             place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to
             fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for
             investigation"; "likely candidates for the job" [ant:
      2: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a
         likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss" [syn: probable,
          plausible] [ant: improbable]
      3: expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients";
         "expected income" [syn: expected, potential]
      4: within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse";
         "a plausible story" [syn: plausible]
      adv : with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is
            probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are
            headed for war" [syn: probably, in all likelihood,
            in all probability, belike]