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


serving or designed for testing or trial.
affording proof or evidence.
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
Related formspro·ba·tive·ly, adverbnon·pro·ba·tive, adjectivenon·pro·ba·to·ry, adjectiveun·pro·ba·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for probative


probatory (ˈprəʊbətərɪ, -trɪ)

/ (ˈprəʊbətɪv) /


serving to test or designed for testing
providing proof or evidence
Derived Formsprobatively, adverb

Word Origin for probative

C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
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Word Origin and History for probative



mid-15c., from Latin probativus "belonging to proof," from probat-, past participle stem of probare (see prove).

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