- 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.
Origin of probable
Related Wordscredible, apparent, possible, feasible, plausible, reasonable, presumed, rational, mortal, believable, earthly, illusory, ostensible, presumable, seeming, odds-on
Examples from the Web for probable
He was not selling “loosies” that day, no cigarettes were found on his person, and thus there was no probable cause in play.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
But “reasonable suspicion” is not the same thing as probable cause.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
But interest does not translate into probable cause without evidence.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases
June 30, 2014
However, if only two are observed, a tension-type headache becomes the most probable culprit.How to Destroy Your Headaches
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 23, 2014
Actually, a rich guy got away with rape in the (probable) absence of fully convincing evidence two years after the crime.Delaware’s Affluenza Case Affects Justice, Too
April 1, 2014
To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Was it probable that she had anything suitable to wear to a lecture?
The St. is an apt illustration of the probable workings of Plautus' mind.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
He was a little ahead of them; but it was not probable that the driver would stop for him.
She remembered the bitterness of her month's exile, and its probable cause.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- likely to be or to happen but not necessarily so
- most likelythe probable cause of the accident
- a person who is probably to be chosen for a team, event, etc
Word Origin and History for probable
late 14c., from Old French probable "provable, demonstrable" (14c.), from Latin probabilis "worthy of approval, pleasing, agreeable, acceptable; provable, that may be assumed to be believed, credible," from probare "to try, to test" (see prove). Probable cause as a legal term is attested from 1670s.