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 for Probable cause
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Probable \Prob"a*ble\, a. [L. probabilis, fr. probare to try,
     approve, prove: cf. F. probable. See Prove, and cf.
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     1. Capable of being proved. [Obs.]
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     2. Having more evidence for than against; supported by
        evidence which inclines the mind to believe, but leaves
        some room for doubt; likely.
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              That is accounted probable which has better
              arguments producible for it than can be brought
              against it.                           --South.
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              I do not say that the principles of religion are
              merely probable; I have before asserted them to be
              morally certain.                      --Bp. Wilkins.
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     3. Rendering probable; supporting, or giving ground for,
        belief, but not demonstrating; as, probable evidence;
        probable presumption. --Blackstone.
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     Probable cause (Law), a reasonable ground of presumption
        that a charge is, or my be, well founded.
     Probable error (of an observation, or of the mean of a
        number), that within which, taken positively and
        negatively, there is an even chance that the real error
        shall lie. Thus, if 3[sec] is the probable error in a
        given case, the chances that the real error is greater
        than 3[sec] are equal to the chances that it is less. The
        probable error is computed from the observations made, and
        is used to express their degree of accuracy.
     The probable, that which is within the bounds of
        probability; that which is not unnatural or preternatural;
        -- opposed to the marvelous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  probable cause
      n 1: (law) evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search
           and seizure; "a magistrate determined that there was
           probable cause to search the house"

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