- serving or designed for testing or trial.
- affording proof or evidence.
Also pro·ba·to·ry [proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.
Origin of probative
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Examples from the Web for probative
Can we eagerly look forward to academic investigation of vampires or probative studies of alien abductions?Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
Ap′probatory, Ap′probative, of or belonging to one who approves.
Let a sufficient amount of probative evidence be addressed to the eye, the act of believing must follow.The Gospel of St. John
Frederick Denison Maurice
The second clause, relating to instances in which the phenomenon is absent, depends for its probative force upon Prop.
Certainly, there seems to be some illusion in the common belief in the probative force of prediction.
But Quintilian has less faith in the probative value of fictitious examples than he has in those drawn from authentic history.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance
Donald Lemen Clark
probatory (ˈprəʊbətərɪ, -trɪ)
- serving to test or designed for testing
- providing proof or evidence
C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
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Word Origin and History for probative
mid-15c., from Latin probativus "belonging to proof," from probat-, past participle stem of probare (see prove).
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