- the relative possibility that an event will occur, as expressed by the ratio of the number of actual occurrences to the total number of possible occurrences.
- the relative frequency with which an event occurs or is likely to occur.
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OTHER WORDS FROM probabilitynon·prob·a·bil·i·ty, noun, plural non·prob·a·bil·i·ties.su·per·prob·a·bil·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·prob·a·bil·i·ties.
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How to use probability in a sentence
The probability an interval had zero signals was the probability that the first source didn’t emit a signal, 1−p, times the probability the second source didn’t emit a signal, 1−q.Can You Cover The Globe?|Zach Wissner-Gross|August 28, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In fact, for cancer, historically, the probability of success is about 5 percent.Will a Covid-19 Vaccine Change the Future of Medical Research? (Ep. 430)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 27, 2020|Freakonomics
Physicists have algorithms to compute the probabilities of no-loop and one-loop scenarios, but many two-loop collisions bring computers to their knees.The Mathematical Structure of Particle Collisions Comes Into View|Charlie Wood|August 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Simply put, in-market audiences are potential leads that have a high probability of conversion.How to use in-market audiences for better search campaigns|Harikrishna Kundariya|August 18, 2020|Search Engine Watch
When you were told that your opponent would “play rock or paper with equal probability,” most solvers assumed that meant both probabilities were 50 percent, rather than being equal but less than 50 percent.Can You Reach The Beach?|Zach Wissner-Gross|August 7, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Probability: 96 percent, unless this spring you finally gave up and ordered central air conditioning, in which case, 15 percent.Let’s Lay Out the Odds on Your Crazy Summer|Kelly Williams Brown|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A resurrection would be a miracle and as such would defy all “probability.”Do We Know if There Was Really An Empty Tomb?|Bart D. Ehrman|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The best we can offer is a probability that an earthquake might occur along a fault in a given period of time.A Lot of Earthquakes Have Been Reported Lately, but Scientists Aren’t Worried|Erik Klemetti|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, how come so many people mistake probability estimates for predictions?You Don’t Need Nate Silver to ‘Predict’ a GOP Win This Fall|Jeff Greenfield|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The meaning of a “probability” estimate can be understood by resorting to the last refuge of political metaphors: sports.You Don’t Need Nate Silver to ‘Predict’ a GOP Win This Fall|Jeff Greenfield|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At last there appeared some probability of their accomplishing this, after a most curious and truly Mexican fashion.
But if the Bible was written by men, some of them more or less inspired, then it would not, in all probability be wholly perfect.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Had justice been ever taken into account, you and I would, in all probability, not have met on the present business.
We arrive then at this one certain fact, that the flatter the model of a violin the greater the probability of a good fine tone.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
I have not as yet made any inquiry about the probability of getting adventurers for this new concern.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for probability
Scientific definitions for probability
Cultural definitions for probability
A number between zero and one that shows how likely a certain event is. Usually, probability is expressed as a ratio: the number of experimental results that would produce the event divided by the number of experimental results considered possible. Thus, the probability of drawing the ten of clubs from an ordinary deck of cards is one in fifty-two (1:52), or one fifty-second.
Other Idioms and Phrases with probability
see in all probability.