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Definition of Probability

(noun) The likelihood an event will occur, expressed as a number between 0 and 1 (i.e., o.5 = 1/2 = 50%).

Examples of Probability

  • The probability that it will rain tomorrow.
  • The probability of a flipped coin landing on heads or tails.

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Cite the Definition of Probability

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “probability.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 20, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/probability/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

probability. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/probability/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “probability.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 20, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/probability/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“probability.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 20 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/probability/>.