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adjective prob·a·ble \ˈprä-bə-bəl, ˈprä(b)-bəl\

Definition of probable

  1. 1 :  supported by evidence strong enough to establish presumption but not proof <a probable hypothesis>

  2. 2 :  establishing a probability <probable evidence>

  3. 3 :  likely to be or become true or real <probable outcome>

Examples of probable in a sentence

  1. It is probable that life exists outside of our planet.

  2. <the counselor could find no probable reason for the girl's bizarre actions>

Origin and Etymology of probable

Middle English, from Latin probabilis commendable, probable, from probare to test, approve, prove — more at prove


First Known Use: 1606


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probable

noun prob·a·ble

Definition of probable

  1. :  one that is probable

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First Known Use of probable

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PROBABLE Defined for English Language Learners

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probable

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adjective prob·a·ble \ˈprä-bə-bəl, ˈprä(b)-bəl\

Definition of probable for English Language Learners

  • : likely to happen or to be true but not certain


PROBABLE Defined for Kids

probable

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adjective prob·a·ble \ˈprä-bə-bəl\

Definition of probable for Students

  1. :  reasonably sure but not certain of happening or being true :  likely



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