probable cause

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

Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑evidence, ↑grounds

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noun [noncount]
chiefly US law : evidence that gives someone a reason to think that a crime has been or is being committed

The lawyer argued that there was a lack of probable cause for a search warrant.

The police had probable cause to arrest him.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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