from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Likely to happen or to be true: War seemed probable in 1938. The home team, far ahead, is the probable winner.
- adj. Likely but uncertain; plausible.
- adj. Theology Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Likely or most likely to be true.
- adj. Likely to happen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being proved.
- adj. Having more evidence for than against; supported by evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves some room for doubt; likely.
- adj. Rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for, belief, but not demonstrating
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being proved; provable.
- Having more evidence for than against, or evidence which inclines the mind to belief, but leaves some room for doubt; likely.
- Rendering something likely, or showing it to be likely: as, probable evidence; a probable presumption.
- Plausible; specious; colorable.
- Synonyms Presumable, credible, reasonable.
- n. A probable opinion; an opinion resting upon good but not sufficient grounds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. apparently destined
- adj. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
- n. an applicant likely to be chosen
Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove; see prove.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French probable, from Latin probabilis ("that may be proved, credible"), from probare ("to test, examine"); see probe, prove. (Wiktionary)