prob·​a·​bi·​lis·​tic | \ ˌprä-bə-bə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce probabilistic (audio) \

Definition of probabilistic

1 : of or relating to probabilism
2 : of, relating to, or based on probability

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probabilistically \ ˌprä-​bə-​bə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce probabilistic (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Humans have a difficult time with probabilistic thinking, Wachter said. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Moreover, when probabilistic language was used, such as possibly, probably and likely the review found that the analysts intended meaning and the readers' interpretation were not always the same. CBS News, 26 May 2021 The interpretation of this question hinges on the meaning of the word 'caused': just as in the connection between smoking and lung cancer, the influence of anthropogenic climate change on extreme events is inherently probabilistic. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Now, one physicist is taking this probabilistic approach a step further, offering up a potentially revolutionary solution. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 In the 1960s Paul Erdős developed what came to be called the probabilistic method for answering questions about graphs. Quanta Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 The study results may have an effect on probabilistic hazard assessments, which consider not just the worst case but also the likelihood that earthquakes of various magnitudes will take place, Arcas said. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 This ties into maybe the most interesting thing for me in your paper, which is the concept of probabilistic thinking. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 But, confusingly, the physics of very big things seemed to be utterly unconnected to the physics of very small things: subatomic particles, which behaved according to the random, probabilistic laws of quantum mechanics. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of probabilistic

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Probabilistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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