pro·ba·tive /'prō-bə-tiv/ adj
1: serving or tending to prove
evidence of the use of an alias by a defendant is often probative of nothingCase & Comment compare prejudicial
2: of or relating to proof
evidence with probative value

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective demonstrative, empiric, empirical, evidential, evidentiary, experimental, exploratory, offering evidence, probatory, providing evidence, providing proof, verificative associated concepts: probative evidence, probative facts, probative value, probative weight II index tentative

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Proving something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Tending to prove something. Courts can exclude evidence that is not probative (does not prove anything).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

adj. Tending to persuade one or to prove that a certain proposition or allegation is true. Relevant evidence may be excluded by a court if its probative value is outweighed by the threat of prejudicing a matter unfairly.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Having the effect of proof, tending to prove, or actually proving.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Having the effect of proof, tending to prove, or actually proving.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   in evidence law, tending to prove something. Thus, testimony which is not probative (does not prove anything) is immaterial and not admissible or will be stricken from the record if objected to by opposing counsel.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • probative — mid 15c., from L. probativus belonging to proof, from probatus (see PROBATE (Cf. probate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • probative — [prō′bətôr΄ē, präb′ətôr΄ēprō′bə tiv, präb′ətiv] adj. [ME probatiffe < L probativus < probatus, pp.: see PROBE] 1. serving to test or try 2. providing proof or evidence: Also probatory [prō′bətôr΄ē, präb′ətôr΄ē] …   English World dictionary

  • probative — adjective Tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade someone of the truth of an allegation. My grandfather in person organized the file with a surfeit of sworn testimonies and probative documents …   Wiktionary

  • probative — adjective Date: 15th century 1. serving to test or try ; exploratory 2. serving to prove ; substantiating …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • probative — probatively, adv. /proh beuh tiv, prob euh /, adj. 1. serving or designed for testing or trial. 2. affording proof or evidence. Also, probatory /proh beuh tawr ee, tohr ee/. [1425 75; late ME < MF probatif < L probativus of proof. See PROBATE,… …   Universalium

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  • probative — [ prəʊbətɪv] adjective chiefly Law providing proof or evidence. Origin ME: from L. probativus, from probat , probare (see prove) …   English new terms dictionary

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