- Philosophy. the doctrine, introduced by the Skeptics, that certainty is impossible and that probability suffices to govern faith and practice.
- Roman Catholic Theology. a theory that in cases of doubt as to the lawfulness of an action, it is permissible to follow a sound opinion favoring its lawfulness.
Origin of probabilism
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Again, the doctrine of probabilism is utterly misunderstood.
The doctrine of Probabilism is connected with the promulgation of law.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
He is famous for his antagonism to the doctrine known as Probabilism, as he advocated Probabiliorism.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
The doctrine of probabilism is founded upon the distinctions between opinions that are sure, less sure, or more sure.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries
Alfred Wesley Wishart
Probabilism has to do only with the existence, interpretation, or applicability of a law, not with the differentiation of actions.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
- philosophy the doctrine that although certainty is impossible, probability is a sufficient basis for belief and action
- the principle of Roman Catholic moral theology that in a situation in which authorities differ as to what is the right course of action it is permissible to follow any course which has the support of some authority
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