- 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: Middle English from Middle French from Classical Latin probabilis from probare, to prove: see probe
- probably adverb
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- 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: Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove; see prove.