# Definition:Probability/Informal Definition

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## Probability

The **probability** of an event is the likelihood that the event will occur (within a certain formally or informally understood context).

As such, a **probability** can range from $0$ (will never happen) to $1$ (is certain to happen).

Commonly, a **probability** is often stated in terms of a percentage.

## Popular Treatment

Amongst the non-mathematically-literate of the world's population, a common form of rhetorical emphasis (usually used when asserting a falsehood of a personal and delicate nature) is to state a greater-than-$100 \%$ probability of an event.

A typical example of this could be seen on the Maury Povich Show, as follows:

- Euniquea:
*I am five hundred thousand percent certain that Twyvone is the father of mah bay-bee ...* - Maury Povich:
*Twyvone ... you are*naaht*the father.*

## Sources

- 1965: A.M. Arthurs:
*Probability Theory*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $2$: Probability and Discrete Sample Spaces: $2.3$ Probabilities in discrete sample spaces - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**probability**