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prob·a·ble

 (prŏb′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Likely to happen or to be true: War seemed probable in 1938. The home team, far ahead, is the probable winner.
2. Likely but uncertain; plausible.
3. Theology Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.

[Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove; see prove.]

probable

(ˈprɒbəbəl)
adj
1. likely to be or to happen but not necessarily so
2. most likely: the probable cause of the accident.
n
(General Sporting Terms) a person who is probably to be chosen for a team, event, etc
[C14: via Old French from Latin probābilis that may be proved, from probāre to prove]

prob•a•ble

(ˈprɒb ə bəl)

adj.
1. likely to occur or prove true.
2. having more evidence for than against, or evidence that inclines the mind to belief but leaves some room for doubt.
3. affording ground for belief.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin probābilis commendable, plausible, probable =probā(re) to commend, examine, prove + -bilis -ble]
probe, prove, probable - Latin probare, "approve, prove, test," is the source of English probe and prove. From that came Latin probabilis, "provable," which became English probable.
See also related terms for prove.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.probable - an applicant likely to be chosen
applicant, applier - a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission
Adj.1.probable - likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
improbable, unlikely - not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred; "legislation on the question is highly unlikely"; "an improbable event"
2.probable - apparently destined; "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme"
likely - has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"

probable

adjective likely, possible, apparent, reasonable to think, most likely, presumed, credible, plausible, feasible, odds-on, on the cards, presumable It is probable that food prices will increase.
unlikely, doubtful, not likely, improbable

probable

adjective
1. Having a chance of happening or being true:
2. Based on probability or presumption:
Idiom: taken for granted.
Translations
pravděpodobný
sandsynlig
todennäköinen
vjerojatan
líklegur
ありそうな
있음직한
galimas atvejistikimybė
iespējamsvarbūtējs
verjeten
sannolik
ที่น่าจะเป็นไปได้
có thể

probable

[əbl] ADJ
1. (= likely) → probable
wet roads were a probable cause of the accidentuna causa probable del accidente eran las carreteras mojadas
it is probable thates probable que ... + subjun
2. (= credible) → verosímil
her story didn't sound very probable to mesu historia no me pareció muy verosímil

probable

[ˈprɒbəbəl] adj
[cause, result] → probable
it is probable that ... → il est probable que + subj ...
it is hardly probable that ... → il est peu probable que + subj ...
it seems probable that ... → il semble probable que + subj ...
[successor, candidate] → probable

probable

probable

[ˈprɒbbl] adjprobabile
it is probable/hardly probable that ... → è probabile/poco probabile che... + sub

probable

(ˈprobəbl) adjective
that may be expected to happen or be true; likely. the probable result; Such an event is possible but not probable.
ˈprobably adverb
I'll probably telephone you this evening.
probaˈbilityplural probaˈbilities noun
1. the state or fact of being probable; likelihood. There isn't much probability of that happening.
2. an event, result etc that is probable. Let's consider the probabilities.
in all probability
most probably; most likely.

probable

مُحْتَمَل pravděpodobný sandsynlig wahrscheinlich πιθανός probable todennäköinen probable vjerojatan probabile ありそうな 있음직한 waarschijnlijk sannsynlig prawdopodobny provável вероятный sannolik ที่น่าจะเป็นไปได้ olası có thể 很可能的

probable

a. probable, casi posible; -lyadv. probablemente.
References in classic literature ?
If enemies have reached the portage at all, a thing by no means probable, as our scouts are abroad, they will surely be found skirting the column, where scalps abound the most.
Logan and his party been with us, it is highly probable we should have given the savages a total defeat.
Carr smiled, and dropped the subject, but it is probable that his daughters' want of sympathy with his acquaintances did not in the least interfere with his social prestige.
Had the Colonel survived only a few weeks longer, it is probable that his great political influence, and powerful connections at home and abroad, would have consummated all that was necessary to render the claim available.
It is probable that there was an idea of penance in this mode of occupation, and that she offered up a real sacrifice of enjoyment in devoting so many hours to such rude handiwork.
The attraction of my small charges was a constant joy, leading me to wonder afresh at the vanity of my original fears, the distaste I had begun by entertaining for the probable gray prose of my office.
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
The previous chapter gave account of an immense body or herd of Sperm Whales, and there was also then given the probable cause inducing those vast aggregations.
Undoubtedly this did keep down the vermin, but it seemed probable, in view of all the circumstances, that the old lady regarded it rather as feeding the chickens than as cleaning the rooms.
It was the topic in every mouth, everywhere; and nothing was done in the house or in the field, but to discuss its probable results.
If one were to tell me that this was a bad government because it taxed certain foreign commodities brought to its ports, it is most probable that I should not make an ado about it, for I can do without them.
But I prefer the first, which, indeed, is the most probable derivation.

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