- to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.
- Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
- to give demonstration of by action.
- to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.
- to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one's actions.
- Mathematics. to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.
- Also proof. Printing. to take a trial impression of (type, a cut, etc.).
- to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.
- Archaic. to experience.
- to turn out: The experiment proved to be successful.
- to be found by trial or experience to be: His story proved false.
- (of dough) to rise to a specified lightness: Leave covered until it has proved.
Origin of prove
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Examples from the Web for provable
His tax returns will remain a story, too, although not a huge one until there's anything factual and provable.A Potentially Pivotal Week
July 20, 2012
Then, Bashford will consider a two-part question: what are the facts and what is provable?Ray Kelly’s Bad Week: NYPD Chief Sees Son Greg Accused of Rape
January 27, 2012
For the matter of that, none of them had any provable claim upon beauty.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
It does not mean that any Church could have disciplined them for provable sins.
And more, it is a provable fact that only a portion of the coal measures is left.Town Geology
The other judgment illustrates the logic of correct, provable premises.Applied Psychology for Nurses
Mary F. Porter
The point, in fact, which I wish now to notice is rather a matter of common observation than a provable and measurable phenomenon.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of; verify, esp by using an established sequence of procedures or statements
- to establish the quality of, esp by experiment or scientific analysis
- law to establish the validity and genuineness of (a will)
- to show (oneself) able or courageous
- (copula) to be found or shown (to be)this has proved useless; he proved to be invaluable
- printing to take a trial impression of (type, etc)
- (intr) (of dough) to rise in a warm place before baking
- archaic to undergo
Word Origin and History for provable
late 14c., "approvable;" c.1400, "that can be proved," from Old French provable, from prover (see prove (v.)).
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.