“According to the corrupt manner in which language is used, Probably means much the same as Almost…”

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“According to the corrupt manner in which language is used, Probably means much the same as Almost True, or Somewhat True, or whatever might at some time perhaps come to be true. But the word, simply by the way it’s formed, can’t signify all these things. … What some logicians have tried to systematize under the name of probability is actually possibility.”

Friedrich Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragments

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