noun, plural prob·a·bil·i·ties.
- 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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Example sentences from the Web for probability
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.
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.
Probability: 96 percent, unless this spring you finally gave up and ordered central air conditioning, in which case, 15 percent.
A resurrection would be a miracle and as such would defy all “probability.”
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
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
In all probability, Americans will continue to be killed and wounded, but at a lower rate.Should the Military Pull All Forces Out of Afghanistan After 2014?|Daniel L. Davis|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His dream of wealth and position would in all probability never have materialized.The Boy Broker|Frank A. Munsey
A glance at some Chinese and Japanese methods of cookery may perhaps convince us of the probability of these remarks.
I shall disappear as suddenly as I have come—you will neither of you, in all probability, ever see me again.'The Pirate and The Three Cutters|Frederick Marryat
In all probability most of Zerubbabel's and Ezra's pilgrims had been in humble circumstances.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther|Walter Adeney
Accordingly, two spies were despatched to ascertain the probability of success.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol. I (of II)|John D. Carrick
British Dictionary definitions for probability
noun plural -ties
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.
Idioms and Phrases with probability
see in all probability.