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## prob·a·bil·i·ty

(prŏb′ə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. prob·a·bil·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being probable; likelihood.
2. A probable situation, condition, or event: Her election is a clear probability.
3.
a. The likelihood that a given event will occur: little probability of rain tonight.
b. Statistics A number, ranging from zero to one, expressing either the projected likelihood that a specific event will occur or the observed ratio of the number of actual occurrences to the number of possible occurrences.
Idiom:
in all probability
Most probably; very likely.

## probability

(ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the condition of being probable
2. an event or other thing that is probable
3. (Statistics) statistics a measure or estimate of the degree of confidence one may have in the occurrence of an event, measured on a scale from zero (impossibility) to one (certainty). It may be defined as the proportion of favourable outcomes to the total number of possibilities if these are indifferent (mathematical probability), or the proportion observed in a sample (empirical probability), or the limit of this as the sample size tends to infinity (relative frequency), or by more subjective criteria (subjective probability)
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## prob•a•bil•i•ty

(ˌprɒb əˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or fact of being probable.
2. a probable event, circumstance, etc.
3. Statistics.
a. the relative possibility that an event will occur, as expressed by the ratio of the number of actual occurrences to the total number of possible occurrences.
b. the relative frequency with which an event occurs or is likely to occur.
Idioms:
in all probability, very probably; quite likely.

## prob·a·bil·i·ty

(prŏb′ə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
A number expressing the likelihood of the occurrence of a given event, especially a fraction expressing how many times the event will happen in a given number of tests or experiments. For example, when rolling a six-sided die, the probability of rolling a particular side is 1 in 6, or 1/6 .
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 probability - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"chancequantity, measure, amount - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifyconditional probability, contingent probability - the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurredcross section - (physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barnsexceedance - (geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time; "the concept of exceedance can be applied to any type of environmental risk modeling"fair chance, sporting chance - a reasonable probability of successfat chance, slim chance - little or no chance of successjoint probability - the probability of two events occurring togetherrisk of exposure, risk - the probability of being exposed to an infectious agentrisk of infection, risk - the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred 2 probability - the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event; "for a while mutiny seemed a probability"; "going by past experience there was a high probability that the visitors were lost"quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespearelikelihood, likeliness - the probability of a specified outcomeimprobability, improbableness - the quality of being improbable; "impossibility should never be confused with improbability"; "the improbability of such rare coincidences"
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## probability

noun
1. There is a high probability of success.
2. the probability of life on other planets
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## probability

noun
The likeliness of a given event occurring:
chance, likelihood, odds, possibility, prospect (used in plural).
Translations
إحْتِمالإحْتِمال، حَدَثاِحْتِمَال
pravděpodobnostšancevyhlídka
sandsynlighed
todennäköisyys
vjerojatnost
líkindi, líkurlíkur, líkindi

개연성
verjetnost
sannolikhet
ความน่าจะเป็นไปได้
xác suất

## probability

[ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪtɪ] N (also Math) →
the probability is thates probable que ... + subjun
we calculated the probabilities of it happening
in all probability he won't turn up
there is little probability of anyone finding outes muy poco probable que alguien se entere
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## probability

[ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪti] n
the probability of sth → la probabilité de qch
the probability that ... → la probabilité que ...
the probability of sth happening → la probabilité que qch se produise
Without a transfusion, the victim's probability of dying was very high → Sans transfusion, la probabilité que la victime meure était très élevée.
the probability of being ... → la probabilité d'être ...
the probability is that ... → le plus probable est que ...
in all probability → selon toute probabilité probability theoryprobability theory n
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## probability

nWahrscheinlichkeit f; in all probabilityaller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach, höchstwahrscheinlich; the probability of something (gen); what’s the probability of that happening?wie groß ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass das geschieht?; the probability is that he will leave
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## probability

[ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nprobabilità f inv
in all probability → con ogni probabilità
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## probable

that may be expected to happen or be true; likely. the probable result; Such an event is possible but not probable.
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.
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## probability

pravděpodobnost sandsynlighed todennäköisyys vjerojatnost 見込み 개연성 sannolikhet ความน่าจะเป็นไปได้ xác suất
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## prob·a·bil·i·ty

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## probability

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One of them disorganized by revolutionary changes, the other rusted in the neglect of a decayed monarchy, the two fleets opposed to us entered the contest with odds against them from the first.
Indeed he argued, and with great show of reason, that it ought to be rather more for one day than for five, inasmuch as the borrower might in the former case be very fairly presumed to be in great extremity, otherwise he would not borrow at all with such odds against him.
He fought nobly but the odds against him were too great.
The great odds against the two men--their bravery in the face of death, their grave danger--and last and greatest, the fact that one was the father of the beautiful creature he worshipped, wrought a sudden change in Number Thirteen.
Here was heroism at its last and loftiest possibility, its utmost summit; this was challenging death in the open field unarmed, with all the odds against the challenger, no reward set upon the contest, and no admiring world in silks and cloth of gold to gaze and applaud; and yet the king's bear- ing was as serenely brave as it had always been in those cheaper contests where knight meets knight in equal fight and clothed in protecting steel.
A footman of rainbow hues, in the public eye, was sitting up for his master--that is to say, was fast asleep in the kitchen over a couple of candles and a newspaper, demonstrating the great accumulation of mathematical odds against the probabilities of a house being set on fire by accident When this serving man was roused, Physician had still to await the rousing of the Chief Butler.
``Ay, but I promise you,'' said De Bracy, ``that neither Tristram nor Lancelot would have been match, hand to hand, for Richard Plantagenet, and I think it was not their wont to take odds against a single man.''
This mighty contrast thrust itself forward as a fair expression of the odds against which she was to begin her struggle for a subsistence.
Fully twenty vessels had emerged, and though they gave battle immediately in an effort to stem the tide that rolled from the black pit, the odds against them were too great and they were forced to flee.
So it was not impossible that he would help Bulabantu; but how he could accomplish it Bulabantu could not guess; nor as a matter of fact could Tarzan, for the odds against him were too great.
JOE SAYS: Bournemouth are odds against at 21/10 to win this match against a much-improved Newcastle and victory could take the Cherries to the heady heights of ninth in the table.
The executive governor will fight the battle of his life; there are many odds against his re-election bid.

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