Likelihood Like"li*hood (l[imac]k"l[i^]*h[oo^]d), n. [Likely + -hood.] 1. Appearance; show; sign; expression. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What of his heart perceive you in his face By any likelihood he showed to-day ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Likeness; resemblance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

There is no likelihood between pure light and black darkness, or between righteousness and reprobation. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

3. Appearance of truth or reality; probability; verisimilitude. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Statistical probability; probability of being true or of occurring in the future; as, the likelihood of being abducted by aliens is close to zero.. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.