n. possibility, strong probability; state of being probable
We all agree the likelihood is less, but still possible.
Sentence in Classic:
In that case, so liable as every body was to meet every body in Bath, Lady Russell would in all likelihood see him somewhere.
Bennet had no more to say; and Lady Lucas, who had been long yawning at the repetition of delights which she saw no likelihood of sharing, was left to the comforts of cold ham and chicken.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Context
Yeobright, as soon as she could calmly reflect, there was much likelihood in this, for she could hardly believe that Wildeve would really appropriate money belonging to her son.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
If, then, you take after him, your voyage will not be fruitless, but unless you have the blood of Ulysses and of Penelope in your veins I see no likelihood of your succeeding.