# Likelihood vs. Likeliness: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 27, 2024
Likelihood refers to the probability or chance of something happening, while likeness describes the state or quality of being similar or alike.

## Key Differences

Likelihood and likeliness are both nouns that describe the chance of something occurring. However, likelihood is more commonly used in modern English, particularly in statistical or probabilistic contexts, to denote the probability or chance of an event. Likeliness, though similar in meaning, is less frequently used and can sometimes be seen as more archaic or literary.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 27, 2024
The word likelihood implies a quantitative assessment of probability. It is often used in scientific, mathematical, or logical discussions where the probability of events is calculated or estimated. Likeliness, on the other hand, while also referring to the probability of something happening, is less likely to be used in a technical or mathematical context and more in general language.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 27, 2024
In terms of usage, likelihood is often found in academic and professional writings. It's a preferred term in statistics and research for discussing the odds or chances of certain outcomes. Likeliness is more colloquial and might be used in everyday conversation or in literary contexts, where the formality and precision of likelihood are not required.
Huma Saeed
Jan 27, 2024
Both likelihood and likeliness can be modified by adverbs to indicate the degree of probability (e.g., high likelihood, low likeliness). However, the use of likelihood in such constructions is more prevalent, reflecting its wider acceptance and usage in contemporary English.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 27, 2024
Likelihood and likeliness are synonyms and interchangeable in many contexts, likelihood is the more commonly used term, especially in formal and technical writing. Likeliness maintains a presence in the language but is less prevalent and tends to appear in more general or less technical discussions.
Janet White
Jan 27, 2024

## Comparison Chart

### Usage Frequency

More commonly used
Less commonly used
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### Context

Preferred in statistical, scientific contexts
More colloquial, literary contexts
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### Formality

Higher level of formality
Lower level of formality
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### Association with Probability

Directly associated with probability
Less directly associated with probability
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### Modifications

Often modified by adverbs (high, low)
Less frequently modified
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Jan 27, 2024

## Likelihood and Likeliness Definitions

#### Likelihood

The probability of an event occurring.
The likelihood of rain today is high.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likeliness

The state or quality of being likely.
The likeliness of a coincidence in this case is low.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likelihood

The state of being likely or probable.
The likelihood of confusion is minimal.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likeliness

The degree to which something is probable.
The likeliness of winning the lottery is slim.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likelihood

The chance of something happening.
In all likelihood, the meeting will end early.
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#### Likeliness

The potential for a particular outcome.
The likeliness of confusion in this situation is high.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likelihood

A measure of how probable something is.
There's a strong likelihood of success.
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#### Likeliness

A non-technical term for probability.
There's a certain likeliness that it might rain.
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Dec 15, 2023

#### Likelihood

A statistical term for the probability of an event.
The likelihood function is crucial in this analysis.
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#### Likeliness

The condition or quality of being probable or likely to occur.
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#### Likelihood

The state of being probable; probability.
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Dec 11, 2023

#### Likeliness

Likelihood, probability or chance of occurrence; plausibility or believability.
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#### Likelihood

Something probable.
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#### Likeliness

Suitability; agreeableness.
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#### Likeliness

Likeness; similarity.
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#### Likeliness

Likelihood; probability.
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#### Likeliness

Suitableness; agreeableness.
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#### Likeliness

The probability of a specified outcome
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#### Likeliness

The chance or probability of something.
The likeliness of her arrival on time is uncertain.
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Dec 15, 2023

## FAQs

#### Is likeliness considered archaic?

Not entirely, but it's less modern than likelihood.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likelihood used in mathematical contexts?

Yes, it's commonly used in statistics and probability.
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#### Does likelihood relate to statistical probability?

Yes, it's directly related to statistical probability.
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#### Is likelihood more common than likeliness?

Yes, likelihood is more commonly used than likeliness.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Can likelihood and likeliness be used interchangeably?

Generally, yes, but likelihood is preferred in formal contexts.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Can likeliness be used in academic research?

It's less common but not incorrect in less formal academic research.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 27, 2024

#### Do likelihood and likeliness have the same meaning?

Yes, they both refer to the probability or chance of something happening.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likelihood a technical term?

Yes, it's often used in technical, especially statistical, contexts.
Janet White
Jan 27, 2024

#### Can likeliness be used in everyday conversation?

Yes, it's suitable for more colloquial, everyday use.
Janet White
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likelihood more formal than likeliness?

Yes, likelihood is generally more formal.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Are there contexts where likeliness is preferred over likelihood?

In literary or less formal contexts, likeliness might be preferred.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Can likeliness be found in historical texts?

Yes, it's more commonly found in older, historical texts.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Can likeliness be used in scientific writing?

It's less common, but it can be used in less formal scientific contexts.
Janet White
Jan 27, 2024

#### Does likeliness imply a lower degree of probability than likelihood?

No, the degree of probability is the same; the difference is in usage.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likeliness a good choice for technical writing?

Likelihood is generally preferred in technical writing.
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Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likelihood used more in British or American English?

It's widely used in both, but particularly prevalent in American English.
Harlon Moss
Jan 27, 2024

#### Are both words derived from the same root?

Yes, both are derived from the adjective "likely."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is likelihood used in legal contexts?

Yes, it's often used in legal discussions regarding probability.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 27, 2024

#### Do both terms have the same grammatical usage?

Yes, both are nouns and used similarly in sentences.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 27, 2024

#### Is there a difference in modification (adverbs) between the two?

Likelihood is more commonly modified by adverbs like high or low.
Harlon Moss
Jan 27, 2024