American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Reasonable grounds for belief that an accused person may be subject to arrest or the issuance of a warrant.
- n. US The standard by which a police officer may make an arrest or conduct a personal or property search.
- n. In accident investigations, the conclusions reached by the investigating body as to the factor or factors which caused the accident.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Law) a reasonable ground of presumption that a charge is, or my be, well founded.
- n. (law) evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search and seizure
“Perflorinated compounds PFCsb—a probable cause of many cancers as well as liver and kidney damage, and reproductive problems, PFCs are used to make Stuff resist sticking and staining.”
“That's not probable cause — that's for-damn-fucking-sure cause. ”
“This Act, upon its face, confers upon the President, the Secretary of War, and the General commanding in the Trans-Mississippi Department, (the two latter acting under the control and authority of the President) the power to arrest and imprison any person who may be simply charged with certain acts, not all of them even crimes under any law; and this is to be done without any oath or affirmation alledging probable cause as to the guilt of the party.”
The Great Speech of Hon. A.H. Stephens, Delivered Before the Georgia Legislature, on Wednesday Night, March 16th, 1864, to which is Added Extracts prom [sic] Gov. Brown's Message to the Georgia Legislature.
“Then Escambia County Judge Russell Cole ruled there was no probable cause to believe that the death of Lathern Broughton was a result of a criminal act, criminal negligence or foul play on the part of deputies.”
“In most criminal cases, the State Attorney's Office decides whether probable cause exists to pursue criminal charges against an individual.”
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