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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probable cause(noun)

    (law) evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search and seizure

    "a magistrate determined that there was probable cause to search the house"


  1. probable cause(Noun)

    The standard by which a police officer may make an arrest or conduct a personal or property search.

  2. probable cause(Noun)

    In accident investigations, the conclusions reached by the investigating body as to the factor or factors which caused the accident.


  1. Probable cause

    In United States criminal law, probable cause is the standard by which an officer or agent of the law has the grounds to make an arrest, to conduct a personal or property search, or to obtain a warrant for arrest, etc. when criminal charges are being considered. It is also used to refer to the standard to which a grand jury believes that a crime has been committed. This term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution: "Probable" in this case may relate to actual statistical probability, or to a general standard of common behavior and customs. The context of the word "probable" here is not exclusive to community standards and does not predate statistics, as some have suggested.

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  1. probablecause


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of probable cause in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of probable cause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of probable cause in a Sentence

  1. Vernon Herron:

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

  2. Benjamin Crump:

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

  3. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    It is not necessarily probable cause to chase someone. So, we still have questions.

  4. Dennis Wilenchik:

    There was never any probable cause for these charges, and nothing will ever change that.

  5. Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler:

    Evidence discovered on (the suspect) and in the vehicle provided probable cause to place (him) under arrest for the murders.

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