Probable definition

prŏbə-bəl
Likely to happen or to be true.

War seemed probable in 1938. The home team, far ahead, is the probable winner.

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Reasonably so, as on the basis of evidence, but not proved.

The probable cause of a disease.

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Likely but uncertain; plausible.
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(theology) Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.
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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.

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Likely or most likely to be true.

It's probable that it will rain tomorrow.

The probable source of the failure was the mass of feathers in the intake manifold.

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Likely to happen.

With all the support we have, success is looking probable.

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Likely to occur or be; that can reasonably but not certainly be expected.

The probable winner.

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Origin of probable

  • Middle English plausible from Old French from Latin probābilis from probāre to prove prove

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French probable, from Latin probābilis (“that may be proved, credible"), from probare (“to test, examine"); see probe, prove.

    From Wiktionary