Definition of "probative" [pro•ba•tive]

  • Furnishing evidence or proof. (adjective)
  • Serving to test, try, or prove. (adjective)

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Use "probative" in a sentence
  • "On the final point, rules of evidence, the administration would essentially allow all evidence to be presented if it was what they call probative value or had some meaning to prove a case."
  • "Gunslinging is dick-swinging - the dare-ya atmosphere we males know well, what I call probative masculinity."
  • "What kinds of persons will emerge from a culture of impunity, a culture of gunfighting, a culture of the most extreme kind of probative masculinity?"