prob·​a·​ble | \ ˈprä-bə-bəl How to pronounce probable (audio) , ˈprä(b)-bəl \

Definition of probable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of probable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is probable

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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: Adjective Of the new cases, 1,465 were confirmed and 219 were probable. Dallas News, "Texas adds 1,714 new cases, passes 8 million vaccinations statewide," 4 Apr. 2021 Spurs rookie guard Devin Vassell is probable for Monday night’s game against Sacramento after rolling his right ankle against Chicago, according to the club’s injury report. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Notebook: Spurs expected to sign Gorgui Dieng; Gregg Popovich nets milestone win," 28 Mar. 2021 While a second impeachment is probable given that 180 House Democrats have signed on to the effort, a conviction is unlikely given Republicans' control of the upper chamber. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "After signaling openness to impeachment, Toomey calls on Trump to resign," 10 Jan. 2021 Killian Hayes is questionable for Friday's game after suffering a right ankle sprain Tuesday, and Jahlil Okafor is probable nearly a week after suffering a right ankle sprain against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin in concussion protocol, will miss Detroit Pistons' game vs. Boston Celtics," 1 Jan. 2021 Warriors forward Draymond Green is probable for Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers at Chase Center. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Draymond Green probable to return Friday vs. Portland," 31 Dec. 2020 Peeks of sun are probable, even with the chance of a couple rain or snow showers. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A couple more chilly days, before a slow warm up," 18 Dec. 2020 Of the numbers added since yesterday, 3,218 were confirmed cases; 1,218 were probable. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama adds 4,436 COVID cases as backlog continues to swell numbers," 8 Dec. 2020 Right now anything is possible, but a Joe Biden win is probable. Brian Stelter, CNN, "All eyes on the Murdochs as Fox juggles election news and pro-Trump talk shows," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Ohio Department of Health’s total of additional probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 is the most ever recorded on one day. Randy Ludlow, The Enquirer, "Ohio records 1,525 new coronavirus cases Friday – largest number reported in one day," 10 July 2020 During the Battle of Britain, the Squadron was credited with 126 enemy aircraft destroyed, 13 probables, and nine damaged., "Community News For The Glastonbury Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 The Dodgers’ pitching probables for the three-game weekend series against the San Francisco Giants remains incomplete. Los Angeles Times, "Rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo has setback in timeline for return to the Dodgers," 4 Sep. 2019 But, with a week-and-a-half to go, here’s a look at the probables for the race, courtesy of racing secretary David Jerkens. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Welcome back Colonial Downs," 8 Aug. 2019 Absent from this weekend’s probables are all-stars Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, each of whom logged an inning in the All-Star game. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers gain three veterans to begin the second half against Red Sox," 11 July 2019 With two other youngsters, Luis Perdomo and Dinelson Lamet, seemingly the only probables for next year’s rotation, the possibility of a deal to return to San Diego appears distinct. Dennis Lin,, "After being released in August, Lyles looking forward to facing Rockies," 15 Sep. 2017 Follow this page for updates, pitching probables and more. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Game Day: Diamondbacks meet the Padres for first time in 2018," 19 Apr. 2018 The Tigers’ probables are Francisco Liriano on Tuesday, Matthew Boyd on Wednesday and Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday … Both Orioles and Red Sox players wore No. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Right-hander David Hess recalled from Triple-A, Hart optioned," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of probable


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for probable


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

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“Probable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of probable

: likely to happen or to be true but not certain


prob·​a·​ble | \ ˈprä-bə-bəl How to pronounce probable (audio) \

Kids Definition of probable

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

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