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prob·​a·​ble ˈprä-bə-bəl How to pronounce probable (audio)
: supported by evidence strong enough to establish presumption but not proof
a probable hypothesis
: establishing a probability
probable evidence
: likely to be or become true or real
probable outcome


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: one that is probable

Examples of probable in a Sentence

Adjective It is probable that life exists outside of our planet. the counselor could find no probable reason for the girl's bizarre actions
Recent Examples on the Web
The review is the largest analysis of existing animal and human studies and is the first to present such a probable link. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 11 June 2024 This online database houses examples of elephant behaviors and their probable meanings. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 7 June 2024
Pitching probables Monday: Rockies RHP Dakota Hudson (2-7, 5.25) at Twins RHP Chris Paddack (4-3, 5.26), 5:40 p.m. Tuesday: Rockies RHP Cal Quantrill (5-4, 3.58) at Twins RHP Pablo Lopez (5-6, 5.45), 5:40 p.m. Want more Rockies news? Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 8 June 2024 Pitching probables Tuesday: Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie (2-3, 3.44) at Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (1-4, 5.07), 6:40 p.m. Wednesday: Guardians LHP Logan Allen (6-2, 4.89) at Rockies LHP Ty Blach (1-2, 4.55), 6:40 p.m. — Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post Want more Rockies news? Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for probable 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of probable was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Probable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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