Meaning of “probable” in the English Dictionary

"probable" in British English

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probableadjective

uk /ˈprɒb.ə.bəl/ us /ˈprɑː.bə.bəl/

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 even more.
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  • the probable cause of the accident
  • It's possible, though not probable.
  • Redundancies seem increasingly probable.
  • It seems probable that the situation will only get worse.
  • It's highly probable that he'll lose his job.

(Definition of “probable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"probable" in American English

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probableadjective

us /ˈprɑb·ə·bəl/

likely to be true or likely to happen:

The doctor said that the most probable cause of death was heart failure.
probably
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈprɑb·ə·bli/

I’ll probably be home about midnight.

(Definition of “probable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)