Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is more probable, however, that Urban could not yet command Italian aid and unity.

But we think it, for practical purposes, more probable that he is off his head.

This is the more probable as "Gentleman" says he knows how to dispose of them.

What more probable than that he had decided to return to his first love?

The more this conjecture was discussed, the more probable it appeared.

It seems to me more probable that the gemmules affect the ovaria alone.

What more probable than that the house was even then within hail?

I see no good reason for rejecting 1668 as the more probable year.

“I fear it is more probable that they are mad,” observed the captain.

The more they thought about it, the more probable it appeared.


late 14c., from Old French probable "provable, demonstrable" (14c.), from Latin probabilis "worthy of approval, pleasing, agreeable, acceptable; provable, that may be assumed to be believed, credible," from probare "to try, to test" (see prove). Probable cause as a legal term is attested from 1670s.