nounLaw , chiefly North American
Reasonable grounds (for making a search, pressing a charge, etc.).
- 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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