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probability

noun [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 answers correct 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).
Synonym
in all probability C2 used to mean that something is very likely: She will, in all probability, have left before we arrive.
More examples
  • 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.
Translations of “probability”
in Korean 개연성…
in Arabic احتِمال…
in Portuguese probabilidade…
in Catalan probabilitat…
in Japanese 可能性, 確率…
in Italian probabilità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 可能性…
in Russian вероятность…
in Turkish ihtimal, olasılık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 可能性…
in Polish prawdopodobieństwo…
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