What does probable mean?

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ˈprɒb ə bəlprob·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probable(adj)

    an applicant likely to be chosen

  2. probable, likely(adj)

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

    "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"

  3. probable(adj)

    apparently destined

    "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme"


  1. probable(Adjective)

    Likely or most likely to be true.

  2. probable(Adjective)

    Likely to happen.

    With all the support we have, success is looking probable.

  3. Origin: From probable, from probabilis, from probare; see probe, prove.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probable(adj)

    capable of being proved

  2. Probable(adj)

    having more evidence for than against; supported by evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves some room for doubt; likely

  3. Probable(adj)

    rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for, belief, but not demonstrating; as, probable evidence; probable presumption

  4. Origin: [L. probabilis, fr. probare to try, approve, prove: cf. F. probable. See Prove, and cf. Provable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Probable

    prob′a-bl, adj. that can be proved: having more evidence for than against: giving ground for belief: likely: (Shak.) plausible.—n. probable opinion.—ns. Probabil′iorist; Prob′abilism (R.C. theol.), the doctrine in casuistry that of two probable opinions, both reasonable, one may follow his own inclination, as a doubtful law cannot impose a certain obligation—opp. to Probabil′iorism, according to which it is lawful to follow one's inclination only when there is a more probable opinion in its favour; Prob′abilist; Probabil′ity, quality of being probable: appearance of truth: that which is probable: chance or likelihood of something happening:—pl. Probabil′ities.—adv. Prob′ably.—adj. Prō′bal (Shak.), probable.—Probable cause, a reasonable ground that an accusation is true; Probable error, a quantity assumed as the value of an error, such that the chances of the real error being greater are equal to those of it being less than this quantity; Probable evidence, evidence not conclusive, but admitting of some degree of force. [Fr.,—L. probabilisprobāre, -ātum, to prove.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'probable' in Adjectives Frequency: #907

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of probable in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of probable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of probable in a Sentence

  1. Yuval Steinitz:

    It seems quite probable it will happen, unfortunately.

  2. Kazakh Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik:

    The probable date for launching new expansion facilities is 2021.

  3. Aristotle:

    Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

  4. Vernon Herron:

    A person's attitude or their demeanor is not probable cause to make an arrest.

  5. Benjamin Crump:

    Why you can't come in and recommend charges right now based on the probable cause?

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