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

  • adj. Furnishing evidence or proof.
  • adj. Serving to test, try, or prove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade someone of the truth of an allegation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving for trial or proof; probationary

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to test or prove.
  • Pertaining to proof or demonstration: as, the probative force of evidence.

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

  • adj. tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation


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