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From Middle English liklinesse, lyklinesse, equivalent to likely +‎ -ness.


likeliness (usually uncountable, plural likelinesses)

  1. The condition or quality of being probable or likely to occur.
  2. Likelihood, probability or chance of occurrence; plausibility or believability.
    • 2004, Klaus-Martin Goeters, Aviation psychology: practice and research:
      The proposed HEA is based on the assumption that each specific error has a certain impact on a system/aircraft state whilst the crew's likeliness to commit this error is decreasing with an increasing number of safeguards against it.
    • 2006, David W. Embley, A. Olivé, Sudha Ram, Conceptual modeling:
      To determine the likeliness of an individual in a concept, a membership function is required.
  3. Suitability; agreeableness.
    • 2004, Peter Lipton, Inference to the best explanation:
      A new competitor may decrease the likeliness of an old hypothesis, but it will usually not change its loveliness.
  4. Likeness; similarity.
    • 1727, Robert South, Twelve Sermons
      No surely, Reason is both the Gift and Image of God, and every Degree of its Improvement is a farther Degree of Likeliness to him.

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