1. [syn: probable, likely]
2. apparently destined;
- Example: "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Probable \Prob"a*ble\, a. [L. probabilis, fr. probare to try,
approve, prove: cf. F. probable. See Prove, and cf.
1. Capable of being proved. [Obs.]
2. Having more evidence for than against; supported by
evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves
some room for doubt; likely.
That is accounted probable which has better
arguments producible for it than can be brought
against it. --South.
I do not say that the principles of religion are
merely probable; I have before asserted them to be
morally certain. --Bp. Wilkins.
3. Rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for,
belief, but not demonstrating; as, probable evidence;
probable presumption. --Blackstone.
Probable cause (Law), a reasonable ground of presumption
that a charge is, or my be, well founded.
Probable error (of an observation, or of the mean of a
number), that within which, taken positively and
negatively, there is an even chance that the real error
shall lie. Thus, if 3[sec] is the probable error in a
given case, the chances that the real error is greater
than 3[sec] are equal to the chances that it is less. The
probable error is computed from the observations made, and
is used to express their degree of accuracy.
The probable, that which is within the bounds of
probability; that which is not unnatural or preternatural;
-- opposed to the marvelous.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a
likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss" [syn:
probable, likely] [ant: improbable, unlikely]
2: apparently destined; "the probable consequences of going
ahead with the scheme"
n 1: an applicant likely to be chosen
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
90 Moby Thesaurus words for "probable":
anticipatable, anticipated, apparent, approaching, apt, awaited,
believable, calculable, cogitable, colorable, coming, conceivable,
conceivably possible, contingent, credible, desired, destinal,
destined, determined, divinable, due, earthly, emergent, eventual,
evident, expected, extrapolated, fair, fatal, fated, fatidic,
feasible, foreknowable, foreseeable, foreseen, foretellable,
forthcoming, future, futuristic, hereafter, hoped-for, hopeful,
humanly possible, illusory, imaginable, imminent, improbable,
in prospect, in the cards, in view, indubitable, later, liable,
likely, long-expected, mortal, most likely, nearing, odds-on,
on the horizon, ostensible, overdue, planned, plausible, plotted,
possible, potential, precognizable, predictable,
predictable within limits, predicted, presumable, presumed,
presumptive, projected, promised, promising, prophesied,
prospective, rational, reasonable, seeming, statistically probable,
thinkable, to come, to-be, ultimate, undoubted, unquestionable,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PROBABLE. That which has the appearance of truth; that which appears to be
founded in reason.