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**Dictionary entry overview: What does probability mean?**

• **PROBABILITY** (noun)

The noun **PROBABILITY** has 2 senses:

**1.** a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

**2.** the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event

*Familiarity information: PROBABILITY used as a noun is rare.*

**Dictionary entry details**

Sense 1 | probability ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

A measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

**Classified under:**

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

**Synonyms:**

probability; chance

**Context example:**

the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5

**Hypernyms ("probability" is a kind of...):**

amount; measure; quantity (how much there is of something that you can quantify)

**Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "probability"):**

conditional probability; contingent probability (the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurred)

cross section ((physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns)

exceedance ((geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time)

fair chance; sporting chance (a reasonable probability of success)

fat chance; slim chance (little or no chance of success)

joint probability (the probability of two events occurring together)

risk; risk of exposure (the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent)

risk; risk of infection (the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred)

Sense 2 | probability ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

The quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event

**Classified under:**

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

**Context examples:**

for a while mutiny seemed a probability / going by past experience there was a high probability that the visitors were lost

**Hypernyms ("probability" is a kind of...):**

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

**Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "probability"):**

likelihood; likeliness (the probability of a specified outcome)

**Antonym:**

improbability (the quality of being improbable)

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