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[proh-buh-tiv, prob-uh-] /ˈproʊ bə tɪv, ˈprɒb ə-/
serving or designed for testing or trial.
affording proof or evidence.
Also, probatory
[proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of probative
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


serving to test or designed for testing
providing proof or evidence
Derived Forms
probatively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin probātīvus concerning proof
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Word Origin and History for probative

mid-15c., from Latin probativus "belonging to proof," from probat-, past participle stem of probare (see prove).

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