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Likelihood, 1) probability, chance: “what l. is in that?” Meas. IV, 2, 202. “in better shape than I can lay it down in l.” Ado IV, 1, 238. “a fellow of no mark nor l.” H4A III, 2, 45 (of no probability of success, of no chance. “to lay down --s and forms of hope,” H4B I, 3, 35. “by a lower but loving l.” H5 V Chor. 29 (on the probable occasion of an event of inferior importance, but fondly expected. Most commentators explain the word here as meaning 'similitude, parallel, comparison'). “what l. of his amendment,” R3 I, 3, 33. “to follow him thither with modesty enough, and l. to lead it,” Hml. V, 1, 230. by all l. == in all probability: Shr. V, 1, 14. Cymb. I, 4, 54.
2) that from which a conclusion may be drawn, appearances, sign, indication: “many --s informed me of this before,” All's I, 3, 128. “as by discharge of their artillery and shape of l. the news was told,” H4A I, 1, 58. “it should be put to no apparent l. of breach,” R3 II, 2, 136.* “what of his heart perceive you in his face by any l. he showed to-day?” III, 4, 57 (Ff livelihood). Often == circumstantial evidence: “these --s confirm her flight from hence,” Gent. V, 2, 43. “offer them instances, which shall bear no less l. than to see me at her chamber-window,” Ado II, 2, 42. “your mistrust cannot make me a traitor: tell me whereon the l. depends,” As I, 3, 59. “these thin habits and poor --s of modern seeming,” Oth. I, 3, 108. “what place? what time? what form? what l.?” IV, 2, 138.
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