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probable

[prob-uh-buh l] /ˈprɒb ə bəl/
adjective
1.
likely to occur or prove true:
He foresaw a probable business loss. He is the probable writer of the article.
2.
having more evidence for than against, or evidence that inclines the mind to belief but leaves some room for doubt.
3.
affording ground for belief.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin probābilis likely, literally, capable of standing a test, equivalent to probā(re) to test (see probe) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
nonprobable, adjective
nonprobably, adverb
quasi-probable, adjective
quasi-probably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi probable

probable

/ˈprɒbəbəl/
adjective
1.
likely to be or to happen but not necessarily so
2.
most likely: the probable cause of the accident
noun
3.
a person who is probably to be chosen for a team, event, etc
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin probābilis that may be proved, from probāre to prove
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Word Origin and History for quasi probable

probable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French probable "provable, demonstrable" (14c.), from Latin probabilis "worthy of approval, pleasing, agreeable, acceptable; provable, that may be assumed to be believed, credible," from probare "to try, to test" (see prove). Probable cause as a legal term is attested from 1670s.

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