What does probable mean?

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ˈprɒb ə bəlprob·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probableadjective

    an applicant likely to be chosen

  2. probable, likelyadjective

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

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

  3. probableadjective

    apparently destined

    "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme"


  1. probableadjective

    Likely or most likely to be true.

  2. probableadjective

    Likely to happen.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROBABLEadjective

    Likely; having more evidence than the contrary.

    Etymology: probable, Fr. probabilis, Lat.

    The publick approbation, given by the body of this whole church unto those things which are established, doth make it but probable that they are good, and therefore unto a necessary proof that they are not good it must give place. Richard Hooker.

    That is accounted probable, which has better arguments producible for it, than can be brought against it. South.

    They assented to things, that were neither evident nor certain, but only probable; for they conversed, they merchandized upon a probable persuasion of the honesty and truth of those whom they corresponded with. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probableadjective

    capable of being proved

  2. Probableadjective

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

  3. Probableadjective

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

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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. Todd Crosby:

    During the investigation enough evidence was developed that gave us probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant( for murder).

  2. David Anderegg:

    But if we think about all the things that can harm people, a (mass shooting) is a very, very improbable event and seeing it on TV nonstop makes it feel more probable but doesn't make it actually more probable.

  3. Alexander Borodai:

    To be honest, I expect that the Minsk 2 agreements will not be observed, in the same manner as the Minsk 1 agreements were not, and at the end of the day the Ukrainian army will launch an offensive. This is a very probable development ... I am not sure that it will end without a big war, as Russia cannot tolerate this sore on its borders forever.

  4. Kroum Batchvarov:

    We the archaeologists are in the role of Sherlock Holmes, we're gathering the clues, and the more accurately we gather them and the relationship between the clues, the more probable it is for us to reverse-engineer what happened.

  5. Daniel Field:

    Human activity is causing deforestation on a massive scale, we know that the diversity of bird communities is impacted by the availability of forests -- when forests are cut down in favor of, for example, palm oil monoculture, bird diversity is slashed. It's probable that, if this kind of deforestation continues unabated, it will leave an indelible signature on the evolution of birdlife.

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