Probability vs. Likelihood

Dictom

Member
Spanish
Hi.
Is there any difference between probability and likelihood?
Or they mean exactly the same thing?
If there is any special difference, please, provide an example.

Thanks in advance,
Tomas
 
  • tepatria

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Probability can be calculated mathematically. Likelyhood relies on chance. However,in everyday conversation they are used pretty much interchangeably.
     

    Smudgette

    Senior Member
    English, England
    I agree totally with Tepatria, but also probablility suggests less of a chance than likelihood does that something will happen. I don't know if these examples will help distinguish between the two:

    In all probability he will return before 7pm.

    The likelihood of him returning is slight.
     
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