noun (plural probabilities)[mass noun]
- 1The quality or state of being probable; the extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case: the rain will make the probability of a postponement even greaterMore example sentences
- They will continue to kidnap because probability shows that the chance of being caught and prosecuted in Trinidad is slim.
- The laws of probability say it cannot happen but Maine Road is still too fresh in the minds of Minstermen everywhere for it to be ignored just yet.
- He agreed with the coroner that on the balance of probability it was likely someone else had been in the graveyard when the stone fell on Adam.
- 1.1 [count noun] A probable or the most probable event: for a time revolution was a strong probabilityMore example sentences
probable event, prospect, possibility, good/fair/reasonable bet
- By ‘it is clear’, I mean that the facts establish this as a strong probability.
- If she is young and attractive, the court may consider her remarriage to be a strong probability.
- Give us some sense about the probabilities that you are talking about here and what you are looking for.
- 1.2 Mathematics The extent to which an event is likely to occur, measured by the ratio of the favourable cases to the whole number of cases possible: the area under the curve represents probability [count noun]: a probability of 0.5More example sentences
- In the field of mathematics he worked on probability, recurring decimals and the theory of equations.
- Among seven people, there is about a 60 percent probability that two will have birthdays within a week of each other.
- When there are twice as many attackers as defenders, the winning probability exceeds 80 percent.
in all probability
- Used to convey that something is very likely: he would in all probability make himself knownMore example sentences
- Matches between these two teams in recent years have always been close and in all probability that's how it's going to be again on this occasion.
- There is no need to ask to see the official personally and to take up his time in this way; if appropriate, he will send a message of thanks at a later date, in all probability.
- Women with low BMI value and anaemia in the reproductive age will, in all probability, have low birth weight infants.
late Middle English: from Latin probabilitas, from probabilis 'provable, credible' (see probable).