What does probability mean?

Definitions for probability
ˌprɒb əˈbɪl ɪ tiprob·a·bil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probability, chance(noun)

    a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

    "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"

  2. probability(noun)

    the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event

    "for a while mutiny seemed a probability"; "going by past experience there was a high probability that the visitors were lost"

Wiktionary

  1. probability(Noun)

    the state of being probable; likelihood

    Etymology: From probabilitas, from probabilis; see probable.

  2. probability(Noun)

    an event that is likely to occur

    Etymology: From probabilitas, from probabilis; see probable.

  3. probability(Noun)

    the relative likelihood of an event happening

    Etymology: From probabilitas, from probabilis; see probable.

  4. probability(Noun)

    a number, between 0 and 1, expressing the precise likelihood of an event happening

    Etymology: From probabilitas, from probabilis; see probable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probability(noun)

    the quality or state of being probable; appearance of reality or truth; reasonable ground of presumption; likelihood

  2. Probability(noun)

    that which is or appears probable; anything that has the appearance of reality or truth

  3. Probability(noun)

    likelihood of the occurrence of any event in the doctrine of chances, or the ratio of the number of favorable chances to the whole number of chances, favorable and unfavorable. See 1st Chance, n., 5

Freebase

  1. Probability

    Probability is a measure or estimation of how likely it is that something will happen or that a statement is true. Probabilities are given a value between 0 and 1. The higher the degree of probability, the more likely the event is to happen, or, in a longer series of samples, the greater the number of times such event is expected to happen. These concepts have been given an axiomatic mathematical derivation in probability theory, which is used widely in such areas of study as mathematics, statistics, finance, gambling, science, artificial intelligence/machine learning and philosophy to, for example, draw inferences about the expected frequency of events. Probability theory is also used to describe the underlying mechanics and regularities of complex systems.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Probability

    The study of chance processes or the relative frequency characterizing a chance process.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'probability' in Nouns Frequency: #1885

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of probability in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of probability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of probability in a Sentence

  1. Qin Yinglin:

    If you checked carefully, testing one-by-one, then for sure everyone has it, this is a high probability event.

  2. Nick Obradovich:

    Exposure to hotter temperatures and higher rates of precipitation in that period produced increases in the probability that people were going to report some mental health problem in that period.

  3. Clive Staples Lewis:

    We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread.

  4. Med Jones:

    I do not understand why some would call me an economic oracle. Although I correctly foretasted key economic events in the past 10 years, the truth is that any economic forecasting model can become useless with the change of just one variable. And if we learned anything from experience, the only constant in markets is change. The first rule of economic forecasting is to understand that it is a science of probability not a science of certainty.

  5. Julie Brough:

    Going into June, markets really didn't believe Greece might default and leave the European Union, but over the last 10 days it had become a very realistic probability, now, with a new proposal ... You're getting a tentative rally off of that, though clearly not recovering everything that we've lost over it.

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