Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “probable”

probable

adjective     /ˈprɒb.ə.bl̩/ US  /ˈprɑː.bə-/
B2 likely to be true or likely to happen: The probable cause of death was heart failure. An election in June seems increasingly probable. [+ that] It is probable that share prices will fall still further. → Compare possible → Opposite improbablePossible and probable
(Definition of probable adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of probable

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Possible and probable, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Definitions of “probable” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

touch

an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More