probable

Definitions

  • Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery
    Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj probable apparently destined "the probable consequences of going ahead with the scheme"
    • adj probable likely but not certain to be or become true or real "a likely result","he foresaw a probable loss"
    • n probable an applicant likely to be chosen
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM in 1943 predicted that their would probably only be a world market for five computers.
    • Probable Capable of being proved.
    • Probable 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.""I do not say that the principles of religion are merely probable ; I have before asserted them to be morally certain."
    • Probable Rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for, belief, but not demonstrating; as, probable evidence; probable presumption.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
    • probable Capable of being proved; provable.
    • probable Having more evidence for than against, or evidence which inclines the mind to belief, but leaves some room for doubt; likely.
    • probable Rendering something likely, or showing it to be likely: as, probable evidence; a probable presumption.
    • probable Plausible; specious; colorable.
    • probable Synonyms Presumable, credible, reasonable.
    • n probable A probable opinion; an opinion resting upon good but not sufficient grounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest musical instrument is probably the flute. It's been discovered that primitive cave dwellers made an instrument from bamboo or some other small hollow wood.
    • adj Probable prob′a-bl that can be proved: having more evidence for than against: giving ground for belief: likely:
    • n Probable probable opinion
    • adj Probable prob′a-bl (Shak.) plausible
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Quotations

  • Jones
    Jones
    “Anyone who profits from the experience of others probably writes biographies.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
  • Caryl Haskins
    Caryl Haskins
    “The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “Whoever said, It's not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    Samuel%20Smiles
    “We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Start viewing the possible as probable. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. probabilis, fr. probare, to try, approve, prove: cf. F. probable,. See Prove, and cf. Provable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. probabilisprobāre, -ātum, to prove.

Usage

In literature:

This probably was the savage mode of indicating that there were no concealed weapons about the person.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Sooner or later, Burris would probably explain himself.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Probably from 10 to 15 per cent.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The agent here will probably soon give them some cloth in part payment.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
I don't believe he does drink much, but if he does there is probably no amount of whisky that he couldn't carry.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
You can thank God I'm on sedatives right now, or I'd probably be a raving maniac.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
It might, indeed, suffer from deterioration: it probably did.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
The Archbishops are also said to have had a 'military court,' probably a feudal institution.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
Hexagonal desk, with central spike, probably for a candle.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
With organisms of this kind every soil is probably teeming.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
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In poetry:

Search in and out and round about
And you'll discover never
A tale so free from every doubt -
All probable, possible shadow of doubt -
All possible doubt whatever!
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A taste for drink, combined with gout,
Had doubled him up for ever.
Of THAT there is no manner of doubt -
No probable, possible shadow of doubt -
No possible doubt whatever.
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Which was which he could never make out,
Despite his best endeavour.
Of THAT there is no manner of doubt -
No probable, possible shadow of doubt -
No possible doubt whatever.
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Both of the babes were strong and stout,
And, considering all things, clever.
Of that there is no manner of doubt -
No probable, possible shadow of doubt -
No possible doubt whatever.
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert
From henceforth, good people, the graver throw by,
And if you've ambition to climb pretty high,
You may traverse through begging, resume limbs and eyes,
And probably up to a ballad may rise.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton
He lay in the middle of the world, and twicht.
More Sparine for Pelides,
human (half) & down here as he is,
with probably insulting mail to open
and certainly unworthy words to hear
and his unforgiving memory.
"Dream Song 53: He lay in the middle of the world, and twicht" by John Berryman

In news:

You'll Probably Want to Forget Last Night's Knicks Game As Soon As You Can.
In retrospect, Patrick Gallagher and his buddies probably should have just celebrated his impending nuptials with a quiet night of poker, maybe a cigar.
In this situation there is a reason why Mario Lopez's fiancée probably crashed his bachelor party .
QB Tannehill probable with right thumb injury.
Romo idolized Favre while growing up and is probably thrilled by the compliment.
This was probably the best show this season.
Besides, since your average baguette probably doesn't cause a whole lot of wear and tear, the sleeves are likely to last a very long time and then means one heck of an inventory build-up.
When I was talking to my aunt, she reminded me that we're from the Yorkshire area and if we were connected to the bailiffs and sheriff's office, can you guess who was probably chasing Robin Hood around.
"That was probably the coolest thing that could have happened, because I think that prior to that happening, I was fallin' for it — I was kind of a caricature of myself," Slug says.
You're probably also out of luck.
If you've been told that these meaty morsels are actually extra bones, your source of information was probably just ribbing you.
When people think of Orlando, Florida, the first thing that probably pops into their head is the mouse.
How to be brutally honest without being brutal is a rarely addressed question but one that every humane but driven business owner will probably confront.
You've probably never heard of Jalila Khamis Koko.
If your ancestors came over on the Mayflower, they probably brought apple seeds to plant when they arrived in the New World.
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In science:

Since the events which determine time intervals are by definition independent of each other it is not possible that t1 < t2 would appear with any different probability than t1 > t2 , consequently the probability to generate ”0” is exactly equal to the probability to generate ”1”.
Quantum random number generator
That is, a theory of inflation embedded in the landscape will lead to a broad theory “prior” probability that will be updated and sharpened into a “posteriori” probability through the action of the data, as expressed by the likelihood, which is a conditional probability of the inflationary tra jectories given the data.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
This will give a distribution identical to a k-walk on a cycle of size √n where in each step we make a step to the left with probability 1/4, step to the right with probability 1/4 and with the remaining probability 1/2 we stay at the current vertex.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
On the other hand, when the walk is at a site it has not visited before time n, it jumps with probability p/d to the right, probability (1 − p)/d to the left, and probability 1/(2d) to the other nearest neighbor sites.
Central Limit Theorem for the Excited Random Walk in dimension $d \geq 2$
By a continuous family of transition probabilities (CFTP) in X we mean as usual a family p(x; dy ) of probability measures on X depending continuously on x ∈ X , where probability measures are considered in their weak topology (µn → µ as n → ∞ means that (f , µn) → (f , µ) as n → ∞ for any f ∈ C (X )).
Generalized Continuous-Time Random Walks (CTRW), Subordination by Hitting Times and Fractional Dynamics
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