probable cause

noun

Definition of probable cause

  1. :  a reasonable ground for supposing that a charge is well-founded

Examples of probable cause in a sentence

  1. The lawyer argued that there was a lack of probable cause for a search warrant.

  2. The police had probable cause to arrest him.

Circa 1676

First Known Use of probable cause

circa 1676


PROBABLE CAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

probable cause

noun

Definition of probable cause for English Language Learners

  • law : evidence that gives someone a reason to think that a crime has been or is being committed


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probable cause

  1. see cause 2

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