Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Likely to happen or to be true.
  • adjective Likely but uncertain; plausible.
  • adjective Theology Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A probable opinion; an opinion resting upon good but not sufficient grounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Capable of being proved.
  • adjective Having more evidence for than against; supported by evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves some room for doubt; likely.
  • adjective Rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for, belief, but not demonstrating
  • adjective (Law) a reasonable ground of presumption that a charge is, or my be, well founded.
  • adjective (of an observation, or of the mean of a number), that within which, taken positively and negatively, there is an even chance that the real error shall lie. Thus, if 3″ is the probable error in a given case, the chances that the real error is greater than 3″ are equal to the chances that it is less. The probable error is computed from the observations made, and is used to express their degree of accuracy.
  • adjective that which is within the bounds of probability; that which is not unnatural or preternatural; -- opposed to the marvelous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Likely or most likely to be true.
  • adjective Likely to happen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective apparently destined
  • adjective likely but not certain to be or become true or real
  • noun an applicant likely to be chosen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove; see prove.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French probable, from Latin probabilis ("that may be proved, credible"), from probare ("to test, examine"); see probe, prove.

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