probative adj : tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation
Probative is a term used in law to signify "tending to prove." Probative evidence "seeks the truth". Generally in law, evidence that is not probative (prejudicial evidence), or doesn't prove anything, is inadmissible and may be stricken from the record "if objected to by opposing counsel." The term "probative", according to American Heritage Dictionary, means "serving to test, try, or prove." Although "probative" and "probate" are etymologically related, they are two distinct legal concepts.
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