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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 ?
In the Achaean league it is probable that the federal head had a degree and species of power, which gave it a considerable likeness to the government framed by the convention.
Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs.
Thirdly and Lastly): That Characters which may not have appeared, and Events which may not have taken place, within the limits of our own individual experience, may nevertheless be perfectly natural Characters and perfectly probable Events, for all that.
There is indeed a perpetual commerce between this kingdom and the great empire of Japan; and it is very probable, that the Japanese authors may have given some account of the STRULDBRUGS; but my stay in Japan was so short, and I was so entirely a stranger to the language, that I was not qualified to make any inquiries.
The North is generally the region of strength, and many local circumstances render it probable that the most Northern of the proposed confederacies would, at a period not very distant, be unquestionably more formidable than any of the others.
My knowledge of com- parative physiology is confined to a book or two, but it seems to me that Carver's suggestions as to the reason of the rapid death of the Martians is so probable as to be regarded almost as a proven conclusion.
This was owing either to his religion, as is most probable, or to the purity of his passion, which was fixed on those things which matrimony only, and not criminal correspondence, could put him in possession of, or could give him any title to.
In composing the Odyssey he did not include all the adventures of Odysseus--such as his wound on Parnassus, or his feigned madness at the mustering of the host--incidents between which there was no necessary or probable connection: but he made the Odyssey, and likewise the Iliad, to centre round an action that in our sense of the word is one.
Though the poems of the Boeotian school (2) were unanimously assigned to Hesiod down to the age of Alexandrian criticism, they were clearly neither the work of one man nor even of one period: some, doubtless, were fraudulently fathered on him in order to gain currency; but it is probable that most came to be regarded as his partly because of their general character, and partly because the names of their real authors were lost.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I have never heard him say so; but it is probable that he may spend very little of his time there in the future.
At the commencement of my observations it seemed to me probable that a careful study of domesticated animals and of cultivated plants would offer the best chance of making out this obscure problem.

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