This word (from the Latin probabilis, meaning "provable") refers to the school of moral theology that considers it permissible to follow a moral opinion that is apparently acceptable and reasonable, even though it is not certain. Unfortunately, the word "probabilism" sometimes has acquired the connotation of moral permissiveness.

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