probable cause

noun
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of probable cause

: 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.

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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

legal Definition of probable cause

see cause 2

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