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1. Reasonable suspicion of the presence of evidence of criminality, allowing the search of the person or premises for such evidence by authorities.
2. Reasonable grounds for believing a person is guilty of a criminal act, allowing the arrest, prosecution, or trial of such person.
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(Law) law reasonable grounds for holding a belief, esp such as will justify bringing legal proceedings against a person or will constitute a defence to a charge of malicious prosecution
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1. reasonable ground for a belief that the accused was guilty of the crime.
2. the probability that grounds for the action existed: often used as a defense.
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|Noun||1.||probable cause - (law) evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search and seizure; "a magistrate determined that there was probable cause to search the house"|
evidence, grounds - your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
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