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probabilitynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌprɒb.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌprɑː.bəˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
C1 the ​level of ​possibility of something ​happening or being ​true: What is the probability of winning? The probability of getting all the ​answerscorrect is about one in ten. There's a high/​strong probability (that) (= it is very ​likely that) she'll be here. Until ​yesterday, the ​project was just a ​possibility, but now it has ​become a ​real probability (= it is ​likely to ​happen).
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in all probability C2 used to ​mean that something is very ​likely: She will, in all probability, have ​left before we ​arrive.

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  • What's the probability of that ​happening?
  • There's a ​strong probability that we'll have ​moved by then.
  • There's a ​distinct probability that Philip will be there.
  • There's a high probability that she'll get the ​job.
  • Against all probability we ​found ourselves in the same ​hotel.
(Definition of probability from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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probabilitynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌprɑb·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
mathematics a ​number that ​represents how ​likely it is that a ​particular thing will ​happen mathematics Probability is the ​study of the ​mathematics of ​calculating the ​likelihood that ​particularevents will ​happen.
the ​likelihood of something ​happening or being ​true: [C] There’s a ​higher probability of now having a ​stateincometax (= the ​tax is more ​likely now). In all probability he would never ​see her again (= very ​likely he would not ​see her again).
(Definition of probability from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"probability" in Business English

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probabilitynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌprɒbəˈbɪləti/ (plural probabilities)
the ​level of possibility that something will ​happen or is ​true: high/low/strong probability There is a ​strong probability that the country will ​fall into ​recession again.probability of sth Spam ​filterscalculate the probability of a ​message being ​spam.assess/calculate/estimate the probabilities They also ​estimated the probabilities of ​dividendincreases and ​decreases under ​certain circumstances.
(Definition of probability from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “probability”
in Arabic احتِمال…
in Korean 개연성…
in Portuguese probabilidade…
in Catalan probabilitat…
in Japanese 可能性, 確率…
in Chinese (Simplified) 可能性…
in Turkish ihtimal, olasılık…
in Russian вероятность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 可能性…
in Italian probabilità…
in Polish prawdopodobieństwo…
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