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[prob-uh-buh-liz-uh m] /ˈprɒb ə bəˌlɪz əm/
Philosophy. the doctrine, introduced by the Skeptics, that certainty is impossible and that probability suffices to govern faith and practice.
Roman Catholic Theology. a theory that in cases of doubt as to the lawfulness of an action, it is permissible to follow a sound opinion favoring its lawfulness.
Compare equiprobabilism.
Origin of probabilism
1835-45; < French probabilisme. See probable, -ism
Related forms
probabilist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Metaphysical probabilism-Because of the inherent unpredictability of the world, effects can be predicted only as probabilities.
British Dictionary definitions for probabilism


(philosophy) the doctrine that although certainty is impossible, probability is a sufficient basis for belief and action
the principle of Roman Catholic moral theology that in a situation in which authorities differ as to what is the right course of action it is permissible to follow any course which has the support of some authority
Derived Forms
probabilist, noun, adjective
probabilistic, adjective
probabilistically, adverb
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