prob·​a·​bi·​lism ˈprä-bə-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce probabilism (audio)
: a theory that in disputed moral questions any solidly probable course may be followed even though an opposed course is or appears more probable
: a theory that certainty is impossible especially in the sciences and that probability suffices to govern belief and action
probabilist adjective or noun

Word History


French probabilisme, from Latin probabilis probable

First Known Use

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of probabilism was in 1719

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“Probabilism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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