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# probability

*noun*prob·a·bil·i·ty \ˌprä-bə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: the chance that something will happen

: something that has a chance of happening

: a measure of how often a particular event will happen if something (such as tossing a coin) is done repeatedly

*plural*

**prob·a·bil·i·ties**

## Full Definition of *PROBABILITY*

1

**:**the quality or state of being probable

2

**:**something (as an event or circumstance) that is probable

3

*a*

*(1)*

**:**the ratio of the number of outcomes in an exhaustive set of equally likely outcomes that produce a given event to the total number of possible outcomes

*(2)*

**:**the chance that a given event will occur

*b*

**:**a branch of mathematics concerned with the study of probabilities

4

**:**a logical relation between statements such that evidence confirming one confirms the other to some degree

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## Examples of *PROBABILITY*

- There is a low
*probability*that you will be chosen. - There is some
*probability*of rain tomorrow. - With the dark clouds moving in, rain seems more like a
*probability*than a possibility. - The
*probability*of a coin coming up heads is one out of every two tries.

## First Known Use of *PROBABILITY*

15th century

## Related to *PROBABILITY*

- Synonyms
- liability, likelihood

- Antonyms
- improbability, unlikelihood, unlikeliness

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

## Rhymes with *PROBABILITY*

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PROBABILITY Defined for Kids

## probability

*noun*prob·a·bil·i·ty \ˌprä-bə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

*plural*

**prob·a·bil·i·ties**

## Definition of *PROBABILITY* for Kids

1

**:**the chance of happening <The

*probability*of rain is low.>

2

**:**something likely <Rain is a

*probability*.>

3

**:**a measure of how likely a given event is <The

*probability*of a coin landing face up is 1⁄2.>

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