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

  Error \Er"ror\, n. [OF. error, errur, F. erreur, L. error, fr.
     errare to err. See Err.]
     1. A wandering; a roving or irregular course. [Obs.]
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              The rest of his journey, his error by sea. --B.
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     2. A wandering or deviation from the right course or
        standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something
        made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in
        printing; a clerical error.
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     3. A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false
        notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension.
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              His judgment was often in error, though his candor
              remained unimpaired.                  --Bancroft.
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     4. A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or
        transgression; iniquity; fault. --Ps. xix. 12.
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     5. (Math.) The difference between the approximate result and
        the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of
        double position.
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     6. (Mensuration)
        (a) The difference between an observed value and the true
            value of a quantity.
        (b) The difference between the observed value of a
            quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the
            true value; -- sometimes called residual error.
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     7. (Law.) A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record
        in matters of law or of fact.
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     8. (Baseball) A fault of a player of the side in the field
        which results in failure to put out a player on the other
        side, or gives him an unearned base.
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     Law of error, or Law of frequency of error (Mensuration),
        the law which expresses the relation between the magnitude
        of an error and the frequency with which that error will
        be committed in making a large number of careful
        measurements of a quantity.
     Probable error. (Mensuration) See under Probable.
     Writ of error (Law), an original writ, which lies after
        judgment in an action at law, in a court of record, to
        correct some alleged error in the proceedings, or in the
        judgment of the court. --Bouvier. Burrill.
     Syn: Mistake; fault; blunder; failure; fallacy; delusion;
          hallucination; sin. See Blunder.
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