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[proh-buh-tiv, prob-uh-] /ˈproʊ bə tɪv, ˈprɒb ə-/
adjective
1.
serving or designed for testing or trial.
2.
affording proof or evidence.
Also, probatory
[proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French probatif < Latin probātīvus of proof. See probate, -ive
Related forms
probatively, adverb
nonprobative, adjective
nonprobatory, adjective
unprobative, adjective
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Examples for probative
  • probative value is the weight given to a particular piece of evidence.
  • Thus, it is probative for showing that he possessed the drugs here with the same intent to sell them.
  • Otherwise, her motion is denied since the probative value and risk of unfair prejudice are equally high.
  • Its probative value depends on the claimant's age when it was recorded.
  • Relevant evidence may be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.
  • The evidence was therefore probative for a proper purpose.
  • Wood's testimony was thus both prejudicial to the defendants and probative to the prosecution.
British Dictionary definitions for probative

probative

/ˈprəʊbətɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to test or designed for testing
2.
providing proof or evidence
Derived Forms
probatively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
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