American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete 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
- adj. apparently destined
- adj. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
- n. an applicant likely to be chosen
- From French probable, from Latin probabilis ("that may be proved, credible"), from probare ("to test, examine"); see probe, prove. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove; see prove. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_comparatively_ probable, when after hearing all the reasons and all the authorities on the other side, the said opinion still remains _not unlikely_, which is all that we mean to say of an opinion here, when we call it _probable_.”
“It's really early to speculate on the final cause and the federal investigators will spend weeks, months, who knows how long it will take before they'll come up with what they call probable cause.”
“There probable is a lot of reason that she wantto get out of being governor, but we will not know until years from now.”
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“A reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, and that you are the person who committed it, is called probable cause.”
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