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Probable definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROB'ABLE, a. [L. probabilis, from probo, to prove. See Prove.]
1. Likely; having more evidence than the contrary, or evidence which inclines the mind to belief, but leaves some room for doubt.
That is accounted probable, which has better arguments producible for it than can be brought against it.
I do not say that the principles of religion are merely probable; I have before asserted them to be morally certain.
2. That renders something probable; as probable evidence, or probable presumption.
3. That may be proved. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss" [syn: probable, likely] [ant: improbable, unlikely]
2: apparently destined; "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme" n
1: an applicant likely to be chosen

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin probabilis commendable, probable, from probare to test, approve, prove more at prove Date: 1606 1. supported by evidence strong enough to establish presumption but not proof <a probable hypothesis> 2. establishing a probability <probable evidence> 3. likely to be or become true or real <probable events> II. noun Date: 1647 one that is probable

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. (often foll. by that + clause) that may be expected to happen or prove true; likely (the probable explanation; it is probable that they forgot). --n. a probable candidate, member of a team, etc. Derivatives: probably adv. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L probabilis f. probare prove

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Probable Prob"a*ble, a. [L. probabilis, fr. probare to try, approve, prove: cf. F. probable. See Prove, and cf. Provable.] 1. Capable of being proved. [Obs.] 2. Having more evidence for than against; supported by evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves some room for doubt; likely. That is accounted probable which has better arguments producible for it than can be brought against it. --South. I do not say that the principles of religion are merely probable; I have before asserted them to be morally certain. --Bp. Wilkins.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you say that something is probable, you mean that it is likely to be true or likely to happen. It is probable that the medication will suppress the symptom without treating the condition... An airline official said a bomb was the incident's most probable cause. = likely ? unlikely ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ that [vagueness] 2. You can use probable to describe a role or function that someone or something is likely to have. The Socialists united behind their probable presidential candidate, Michel Rocard. = likely ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Likely, presumable, credible, reasonable, to be expected, that stands to reason.

Moby Thesaurus

anticipatable, anticipated, apparent, approaching, apt, awaited, believable, calculable, cogitable, colorable, coming, conceivable, conceivably possible, contingent, credible, desired, destinal, destined, determined, divinable, due, earthly, emergent, eventual, evident, expected, extrapolated, fair, fatal, fated, fatidic, feasible, foreknowable, foreseeable, foreseen, foretellable, forthcoming, future, futuristic, hereafter, hoped-for, hopeful, humanly possible, illusory, imaginable, imminent, improbable, in prospect, in the cards, in view, indubitable, later, liable, likely, long-expected, mortal, most likely, nearing, odds-on, on the horizon, ostensible, overdue, planned, plausible, plotted, possible, potential, precognizable, predictable, predictable within limits, predicted, presumable, presumed, presumptive, projected, promised, promising, prophesied, prospective, rational, reasonable, seeming, statistically probable, thinkable, to come, to-be, ultimate, undoubted, unquestionable, verisimilar


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