The definition of probable is something likely, but not guaranteed, to happen.
An example of probable is rain occurring on a day with a 90% chance of rain forcasted.
- likely to occur or be; that can reasonably but not certainly be expected: the probable winner
- reasonably so, as on the basis of evidence, but not proved: the probable cause of a disease
Origin of probableMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin probabilis from probare, to prove: see probe
- Likely to happen or to be true: War seemed probable in 1938. The home team, far ahead, is the probable winner.
- Likely but uncertain; plausible.
- Theology Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.
Origin of probableMiddle English plausible from Old French from Latin probābilis from probāre to prove ; see prove .
(comparative more probable, superlative most probable)