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von Catesse (AU), 2017-09-03, 04:21  Spam?  
I am disturbed by the entries for "likely" and "unlikely" that are classed as adv. To me the idea was quite abhorrent, but I see that they can be used that way in America. Should they be re-opened and tagged?
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/likely
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von aphoenix (US), Last modified: 2017-09-03, 05:36  Spam?  
 #877783
I agree.  They should be reopened and corrected.  However, regarding the Wiktionary entry, in "likely he'll win the election", the "it is" preceding "likely" is understood.  Thus "likely" is an adjective, as it is in "It is likely (that) he'll win the election."   Merriam-Webster has a legitimate example of "likely" used as an adverb.

adverb like·ly
   :  in all probability :  probably
   those who seek power will most likely wind up exercising it — Halton Arp

Because "likely" has more than one meaning, I believe that https://contribute.dict.cc/?action=show-history&id=1324645 should be reopened and the disambiguation "[probably]" should be added.

I am puzzled by  https://contribute.dict.cc/?action=show-history&id=1079575 and https://contribute.dict.cc/?action=show-history&id=140056, Wahrscheinlich has two listings in Duden, one as an adjective and one as an adverb.  Thus, when "likely" is being (mis)used as an adverb, it should be translated as "wahrscheinlich", the adverb, not "wahrscheinlich" the adjective.  The adjective means "probable" and the adverb means "probably".   Thus, it seems that both entries should be reopened and corrected.
OED  #877792
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likely adv.  #877835
von Proteus-, 2017-09-03, 17:19  Spam?  193.83.226...
Probably.
‘we will most likely go to a bar’
   ‘On overseas pitches he has at times been the only Indian likely to get any wickets at all.’
   ‘Now, it seems increasingly likely that you will soon topple sideways off the sofa arm and into the bin.’
   ‘We thought, if we could get just one wall, it was likely we'd be able to hold on to it.’
   ‘She thanked her supporters for running a "gentlemanly" campaign, but, she said, taking the high road on the        campaign trail likely cost her votes.’
‘More than likely they'll do this via the telecommunications grid through a phone socket.’

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/likely
Proteus  #877858
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von aphoenix (US), 2017-09-04, 05:37  Spam?  
 #877859
Adverbs may modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.  In fact, some sources indicate that they can modify all sorts of things, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adverb, but that was not what I was taught.  Apparently times (and definitions) have changed.  Regardless of how one feels about the mission creep of adverbs, I believe that the indicated definitions should be reopened and corrected.
aphoenix  #877860
Rethink  #877865
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