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PROBABILITY. That which is likely to happen; that which is most consonant to reason; for example, there is a strong probability that a man of a good moral character, and who has heretofore been remarkable for truth, will, when examined as a witness under oath, tell the truth; and, on the contrary, that a man who has been guilty of perjury, will not, under the same circumstances, tell the truth; the former will, therefore, be entitled to credit, while the latter will not.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"That's the way that it's looking - believe me I don't know, I am just giving an answer and a reasonably formed opinion - it's looking odds against," said Still after Eriksson met Thaksin on Sunday for what had previously been described as "cordial" talks.
And he warned that the odds against an earthquake with worldwide economic effects, most likely centered in Tokyo, were only marginally better, at three-to-one.
In addition to his novels, Killens wrote numerous short stories, plays and scripts; he was the first African American to receive solo screenplay credit for a Hollywood movie, the 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow.
The odds against winning one of the coveted Rhodes Scholarships are daunting.
The odds against two players hitting successive holes-in-one are almost five times longer than hitting the jackpot on the lottery.
The odds against success at Inchon, one adviser said, were 5,000 to one.
To say we've beaten the odds against success is an understatement.
If an audit sample has been selected at random (or even haphazardly), the odds against a unique error occurring in a sample is given by the following ratio:
Las Vegas bookies probably would have given Sperling 100-to-1 odds against his business, but he not only survived, he grew the Apollo Group--parent of University of Phoenix and related interests--into a public company with a market capitalization (as of May 2001) of almost $7 billion, making it roughly as successful as many vastly more publicized dot-com champions.
In developing countries, a child born to a mother infected with HIV--the AIDS virus--faces long odds against survival.
The odds against chance for his dual performances are over 3,000 to 1.
One recent Saturday night, I went to see the film Odds Against Tomorrow with a friend.