Meaning of probative

probative




The legal term probative describes something that tends to demonstrate or prove something. A weapon with the accused’s fingerprints on it would be considered probative evidence at a trial.

In the law, the phrase “probative value” is used a lot, generally meaning “the ability of a piece evidence to prove something important in a trial.” Probative comes from the Latin probativus, “belonging to proof,” and is commonly understood among lawyers and judges to mean “tending to prove.” Did you manage to get a photo of that lady in the act of stealing your neighbor’s dog? That’s definitely probative evidence!

Definitions of probative
  1. adjective

    tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation

    “evidence should only be excluded if its
    probative value was outweighed by its prejudicial effect”
    synonyms:

    probatory

    important, significant

    important in effect or meaning

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