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PROBABLILISM

The moral theory that holds that a law against whose existence or application there stands a solidly probable argument does not bind. It is based on the principle that a doubtful law does not bind. It then excludes other theories as either too strict or too las about the degree of doubt or probability that would exempt one from the obligation of a doubtful law. (Etym. Latin probabilis, likely, credible.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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