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 (prō′bə-tĭv) also pro·ba·to·ry (-tôr′ē)
1. Furnishing evidence or proof.
2. Serving to test, try, or prove.


(ˈprəʊbətɪv) or


1. serving to test or designed for testing
2. providing proof or evidence
[C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof]
ˈprobatively adv


(ˈproʊ bə tɪv)

also pro•ba•to•ry

(-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

1. serving or designed for testing or trial.
2. affording proof or evidence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.probative - tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation; "evidence should only be excluded if its probative value was outweighed by its prejudicial effect"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
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Balancing Probative Value with the Rule 403 Concerns
such probative value when deciding on the crucial question of guilt?
The Assessor argued that Kokomo Mall's appraisal, and the corroborating testimony, lacked probative value because it contained errors, but the Assessor did nothing to impeach or rebut Kokomo Mall's evidence.
A General Assembly appropriations committee Tuesday considered a resolution asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint, "an independent panel of experts to examine new information and to assess its probative value.
Further, a stable rule such as this would avoid a trial judge's decision of having to weigh the probative value versus the prejudice of such a statement and ensure that trials are conducted consistently across the state.
a) To establish an independent panel of experts, including forensic and ballistics experts, to examine the new evidence, to assess its probative value and to make recommendations to the General Assembly;
403, to determine whether evidence should be excluded because "its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of issues, misleading the jury, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence.
known as the probative value of an item of evidenced.
recognize the diminished probative value of youth records.
403, relevant evidence is inadmissible if its probative value is substantially outweighed by either the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of issues, misleading the jury, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence.
The trial judge clearly saw some relevant and probative value in questions being put to Ms Lawson re this private behaviour.