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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probable causenoun

    (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 causenoun

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

  2. probable causenoun

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


  1. probable cause

    Probable cause is a legal standard or concept in criminal law that refers to the requirement that law enforcement or judicial authorities have adequate reason to arrest someone, conduct a search, or seize property relating to an alleged crime. This means there is a reasonable basis, based on factual evidence or clear circumstances, to believe a crime has been committed or that certain property is connected to a crime.


  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. 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. 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.

  2. Vernon Herron:

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

  3. Michael Zeldin:

    I don't know who said them and what context in which they were said -- and that matters, but if you look at the black letter of the quotes, those are very threatening words. There is probable cause to believe those words were intended to influence the testimony of a witness. Whether they were chargeable witness tampering, that depends on the context.

  4. Alexander Lees:

    For my part and from one video and no toxicology, I’d still say the most probable cause is the flock murmurating to avoid a predatory raptor and hitting the ground.

  5. Misty Marris:

    This all under the guise of those very, very damaging social media searches that really was that blueprint of his actions, according to prosecutors, this really put the puzzle together to show the story, which is what was needed in a circumstantial evidence case to establish probable cause.

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