Prob"a*ble(?), a. [L. probabilis, fr. probare to try, approve, prove: cf. F. probable. See Prove, and cf. Provable.]
1. Capable of being proved.
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,
(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 is the probable error in a given case, the chances that the real error is greater than 3 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.
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