[ prob-uh-buh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈprɒb ə bəˌlɪz əm /


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

From the French word probabilisme, dating back to 1835–45. See probable, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM probabilism

prob·a·bi·list, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for probabilism

/ (ˈprɒbəbɪˌlɪzəm) /


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

Derived forms of probabilism

probabilist, noun, adjectiveprobabilistic, adjectiveprobabilistically, adverb
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