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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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Perhaps, too, he thought of me: perhaps he regretted the part he had had in preventing our union, by omitting to help us, if not by actually plotting against us.
"Perhaps," continued Frayley, "he made a sign, a gesture--lifted a finger, as in warning.
He sings the opening lines perhaps more than once, in order to gather the people round him.
For Havelok was written perhaps a hundred years after Layamon's Brut.
"Perhaps even now," he said, "it was scarcely courteous of me to say them, only I know that they come to you as no new thing.
"Perhaps plain hay, or some sweet juicy grass would suit you better," suggested Kik-a-bray, musingly.
Perhaps no one ever beheld a more strangely assorted group than the one which now walked along the road, through pretty green fields and past groves of feathery pepper-trees and fragrant mimosa.
Perhaps we should simply accept the status quo and view it all as a collective and magnificent madness - a supreme circus and rollercoaster of endless low and high comedy.
WHEREAS I have no objection to any local authority increasing town centre parking charges, typified by Newcastle (reported in the Chronicle on June 7), perhaps for the North East attention should be directed to out-of-town shopping malls.
Any perceptive fan of Zinn also knows that the word "perhaps" is one of his favorites.
PERHAPS WITH BINOCULARS, THEY WOULD HAVE SPOTTED THE ICEBERG IN TIME FOR THE SHIP TO MANEUVER PAST IT.
If Austrian born Cambridge based Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951), perhaps the most significant linguistic philosopher of the Twentieth Century is correct.