- 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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probatory (ˈprəʊbətərɪ, -trɪ)
- serving to test or designed for testing
- providing proof or evidence
C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
Word Origin and History for non-probative
mid-15c., from Latin probativus "belonging to proof," from probat-, past participle stem of probare (see prove).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper