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probable

adjective prob·a·ble \ ˈprä-bə-bəl , ˈprä(b)-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of probable

1 : supported by evidence strong enough to establish presumption but not proof
  • a probable hypothesis
2 : establishing a probability
  • probable evidence
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

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Origin and Etymology of probable

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


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probable

noun

Definition of probable

: one that is probable

Recent Examples of probable from the Web

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First Known Use of probable

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PROBABLE Defined for English Language Learners

probable

adjective

Definition of probable for English Language Learners

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


PROBABLE Defined for Kids

probable

adjective prob·a·ble \ ˈprä-bə-bəl \

Definition of probable for Students

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


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