probabilism

noun
prob·​a·​bi·​lism | \ ˈprä-bə-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce probabilism (audio) \

Definition of probabilism

1 : a theory that in disputed moral questions any solidly probable course may be followed even though an opposed course is or appears more probable
2 : a theory that certainty is impossible especially in the sciences and that probability suffices to govern belief and action

Other Words from probabilism

probabilist \ ˈprä-​bə-​bə-​list How to pronounce probabilism (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of probabilism

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for probabilism

French probabilisme, from Latin probabilis probable

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“Probabilism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probabilism. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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