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probable

[ prob-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈprɒb ə bəl /
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adjective
likely to occur or prove true: He foresaw a probable business loss. He is the probable writer of the article.
having more evidence for than against, or evidence that inclines the mind to belief but leaves some room for doubt.
affording ground for belief.

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Origin of probable

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin probābilis likely, literally, capable of standing a test, equivalent to probā(re) to test (see probe) + -bilis-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM probable

non·prob·a·ble, adjectivenon·prob·a·bly, adverbqua·si-prob·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-prob·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for probable

probable
/ (ˈprɒbəbəl) /

adjective
likely to be or to happen but not necessarily so
most likelythe probable cause of the accident
noun
a person who is probably to be chosen for a team, event, etc

Word Origin for probable

C14: via Old French from Latin probābilis that may be proved, from probāre to prove
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