from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. that which is within the bounds of probability; that which is not unnatural or preternatural; -- opposed to the marvelous.


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  • Armstrong also flew dead-stick landings in the F-102 as well as the F-104: “These would vary the geometry of the pattern and the flight speeds and the energy management aspects of the trajectory to come up with a conclusion, what is the probable best technique?”

    First Man

  • Seekriegslietung's radiogram and the reports from his own monitoring service of the sudden increase in enemy W/T traffic, he outlined to Dau his views on the probable British plan and went on to describe his own.

    Graf Spee

  • 'At the moment Philip Cookham has no idea that Messrs Preen's curiosity concerning the probable placing of Government orders for aircraft parts has overstepped the bounds of common sense.

    The Return of Mr Campion

  • When the AEtheling died in 1057, leaving a son under age, men seem to have gradually come to look to Harold as the probable successor.

    William the Conqueror

  • Ward did not know enough about the way top-level con­ferences were conducted to guess the probable outcome.

    Behold the Stars

  • His mind was on the probable effect of the capture of the west fort.


  • Lord Howe, with the Channel Fleet (thirty-four ships of the line and fifteen frigates) put to sea on May 2nd with two purposes: first, to convoy to a safe distance from the probable field of hostilities a squadron of 148 British merchantmen bound for various ports; second, to intercept and destroy a French fleet which was known to be convoying a large company of provision-ships from America.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • But that youo may see it in full fruition, is the probable consequence of the twenty years I am ahead of you in time, and is the sincere prayer of your affectionate and constant friend.


  • Convinced infantryman that he was, he harboured few illusions over the threat posed by massed enemy armour and the probable inability of his companies with their TOWs,

    First Clash

  • When we compare the probable philosophical theses of Siger and Buridan, the major difference we discover is the growth in Buridan of a natural philosophy inde - pendent of Aristotle.



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