verb (used with object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
verb (used without object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
Origin of prove
Synonyms for prove
Antonyms for prove
Examples from the Web for provably
Historical Examples of provably
This refers to the cases where the automatist has provably never seen the deceased person's handwriting.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
The destruction of rocks—“denudation” as it is called—in the district round Malvern, is, I am told, provably enormous.Town Geology
Furthermore, there is not one item in her statements concerning the “Open Entrance” which is not directly and provably false.Devil-Worship in France
Arthur Edward Waite
verb proves, proving, proved, proved or proven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for prove
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule