Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
noun
1[mass noun] The quality or state of being probable; the extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case.
‘the rain will make the probability of a postponement even greater’- ‘The probability of this convergence happening by chance tends to zero as the number of experimental procedures increases.’
- ‘He said, ‘In probability it would have happened, so you did it’, and that was it.’
- ‘In terms of probability, the chance of recombination increases with increase in length of the chromosome arm.’
- ‘The probability of transformation is framed entirely in terms of the quality of the commodity.’
- ‘This step examines each hazard in terms of probability and severity to determine what the level of risk is when you're exposed to the hazard.’
- ‘The judge was entitled to conclude that the patentees had lost a chance of making sales to those buyers - no doubt a chance of differing probability in each case.’
- ‘By the same laws of probability, the chances that a random bus will spontaneously explode for no reason are slim to none.’
- ‘It shows the extent to which this probability would increase with lower, and decrease with higher, screening costs.’
- ‘I resonate with your point that probability balances out luck as more games are played.’
- ‘Not only that but it has the same probability of happening as you buying two winning lottery tickets in one week.’
- ‘Simply put, the larger the number of plays, the more likely that the fixed probability will catch up with the player.’
- ‘They will continue to kidnap because probability shows that the chance of being caught and prosecuted in Trinidad is slim.’
- ‘For these reasons he also believes that the depression would have on the balance of probability been likely to occur in any case, although later.’
- ‘He then shows how belief arises with both chance and probability.’
- ‘As in most of genetics, breeding good hips is largely a matter of chance, or probability.’
- ‘It is a known and foreseeable hazard and has high probability.’
- ‘He agreed with the coroner that on the balance of probability it was likely someone else had been in the graveyard when the stone fell on Adam.’
- ‘It's all in the hands of fate and probability, which our very educational maths classes taught us how to calculate.’
- ‘This provides increasing probability of recombination and hence increased mapping resolution.’
- ‘The laws of probability say it cannot happen but Maine Road is still too fresh in the minds of Minstermen everywhere for it to be ignored just yet.’
- ‘The probability of that happening is probably somewhat lower than a conventional attack.’
- ‘This holds provided that the initial probability of the hypothesis in relation to the background knowledge or belief is not zero.’
likelihood, likeliness, prospect, expectation, chance, chances, odds, possibilityView synonyms- 1.1[count noun]A probable or the most probable event.‘for a time revolution was a strong probability’
- ‘The tribunal has established as a probability that the infection was caused by the Armour product.’
- ‘The common scenarios in general practice all involve weighing up probabilities and accepting varying degrees of uncertainty.’
- ‘If she is young and attractive, the court may consider her remarriage to be a strong probability.’
- ‘By ‘it is clear’, I mean that the facts establish this as a strong probability.’
- ‘Anyway, there are two probabilities for what could happen between now and polling day.’
- ‘This is only one of the probabilities for us now as we appear to be approaching the predicted end-game.’
- ‘The chance that the recent combination of financial events would coincide was a low probability.’
- ‘Give us some sense about the probabilities that you are talking about here and what you are looking for.’
- 1.2Mathematics
The extent to which an event is likely to occur, measured by the ratio of the favourable cases to the whole number of cases possible.‘the area under the curve represents probability’[count noun] ‘a probability of 0.5’- ‘Among seven people, there is about a 60 percent probability that two will have birthdays within a week of each other.’
- ‘The probability of an event is the ratio of the favorable outcomes to the possible outcomes.’
- ‘In the field of mathematics he worked on probability, recurring decimals and the theory of equations.’
- ‘When there are twice as many attackers as defenders, the winning probability exceeds 80 percent.’
- ‘An event which will definitely occur has probability 1, and everything else is somewhere in between.’
Origin
Late Middle English: from Latin probabilitas, from probabilis provable, credible (see probable).
Pronunciation:
Further reading
12 synonyms for fool
Read moreAre you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
6 ‘run’ phrases you probably don’t know
Read moreBefore you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.