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probative

[ proh-buh-tiv, prob-uh- ]
/ ˈproʊ bə tɪv, ˈprɒb ə- /
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Definition of probative

adjective
serving or designed for testing or trial.
affording proof or evidence.
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Also pro·ba·to·ry [proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]. /ˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of probative

1425–75; late Middle English <Middle French probatif<Latin probātīvus of proof. See probate, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM probative

pro·ba·tive·ly, adverbnon·pro·ba·tive, adjectivenon·pro·ba·to·ry, adjectiveun·pro·ba·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for probative

probative

probatory (ˈprəʊbətərɪ, -trɪ)

/ (ˈprəʊbətɪv) /

adjective
serving to test or designed for testing
providing proof or evidence

Derived forms of probative

probatively, adverb

Word Origin for probative

C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
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