Definition of probable cause in English:

probable cause

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noun

[mass noun] Law , chiefly North American
  • Reasonable grounds to believe that a particular person has committed a crime, especially to justify making a search or preferring a charge: warrants allow police to detain people, but not handcuff and search them without probable cause
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    • The test for reasonable and probable cause in a malicious prosecution case is the same as that in a claim based on false arrest or imprisonment.
    • Ordinarily in criminal cases, a search warrant based on probable cause to suspect illegal activity is required.
    • They have probable cause to believe a crime has occurred and that he has committed it.

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