One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An adherent of the theory of probabiliorism.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Ephraim Chambers (?1680–1740), encyclopaedist. From French probabilioriste from classical Latin probābilior more probable, comparative of probābilis + French -iste. Compare post-classical Latin probabiliorista, Italian probabiliorista, German Probabiliorist. Compare also post-classical Latin probabilioristicus.
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