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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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Mood's work in "'The Personal System'--Samuel Beckett's Watt," PMLA 86 (1971): 255-65 catalogs the series and approximations of Watt, but subjects them to erroneous notions of permutations and combinations.
In this exercise, some seniors got left out because of permutations and combinations," he added.
FRESH political permutations and combinations seem to be emerging in Punjab as parties try to unseat the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal- BJP alliance in the upcoming local body elections and the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.