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 S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880. Probability
 The only seasonable inquiry is, Which is of probables the most, or of improbables the least, such?Henry Hammond. 1 As for probabilities, what thing was there ever set down so agreeable with sound reason but some probable show against it might be made?Richard Hooker. 2 Probability is the appearance of the agreement or disagreement of two ideas by the intervention of proofs whose connection is not constant, but appears for the most part to be so. 3 The mind ought to examine all the grounds of probability, and, upon a due balancing the whole, reject or receive it proportionably to the preponderancy of the greater grounds of probability on the one side or the other. 4 That is accounted probable which has better arguments producible for it than can be brought against it.Robert South. 5 Though moral certainty be sometimes taken for a high degree of probability, which can only produce a doubtful assent, yet it is also frequently used for a firm assent to a thing upon such grounds as fully satisfy a prudent man.John Tillotson. 6

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