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Probable

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Próbable. adj. [probable, Fr. probabilis, Lat.] Likely; having more evidence than the contrary.

The publick approbation, given by the body of this whole church unto those things which are established, doth make it but probable that they are good, and therefore unto a necessary proof that they are not good it must give place. Hooker.

That is accounted probable, which has better arguments producible for it, than can be brought against it. South.

They assented to things, that were neither evident nor certain, but only probable; for they conversed, they merchandized upon a probable persuasion of the honesty and truth of those whom they corresponded with. South's Sermons.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · South, Robert (158)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Probable." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 18, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9473.


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