probability

probability
prob|a|bil|i|ty [ˌprɔbəˈbılıti US ˌpra:-] n
1.) [U and C]
how likely something is, sometimes calculated in a mathematical way
= ↑likelihood, chance ↑chance the probability of (doing) sth
The probability of winning the lottery is really very low.
There's a high probability that the children will follow a different career.
probability that
There is a 95% probability that she will not have the disease.
You must decide whether, on the balance of probabilities , he committed the crime.
2.) [singular]
what is likely or something that is likely
The probability is that smaller businesses will not have to pay the tax.
A peace agreement now seems a probability rather than a possibility.
high/strong probability
projects that have a high probability of making profits
3.) in all probability
very probably
Mistakes could and, in all probability, would occur.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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