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probability

noun anticipation, appearance of truth, believability, chance, conceivability, credibility, expectation, fair chance, fair expectation, favorable chance, liability, liableness, likelihood, likeliness, odds, plausibility, possibility, presumption, promise, prospect, reasonable chance, reasonableness, tendency, veri similitudo, verisimilitude
See also: chance, expectation, likelihood, outlook, possibility, presumption, prospect, supposition

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.

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Furthermore, it applies not only to the standard probability calculus, but also to nonstandard models.
They treat all variables--manifest and latent, continuous or categorical--as random variables, then subsequent analysis is done wholly within the realm of the probability calculus and the theory of statistical inference.
Through these linked realities, Coen reveals seven underlying liberal ideological dichotomies and applies her argument for the probability calculus in each case: public and private; particular and universal; inclusion and exclusion; subjectivity and objectivity; rationality and instinct or uncertainty; nature and nurture; and individual and collective.