Probative Force Law and Legal Definition

Probative, in evidence law, means tending to prove something. When something has probative force it tends to prove a matter at issue. Evidence or testimony with no probative value may be objected to as immaterial and not admissible or will be stricken from the record if objected to by opposing counsel. The probative value of proposed evidence must be weighed by the trial judge against prejudicing in the minds of jurors toward the opposing party or criminal defendant.

Probative means the tendency to prove or disprove the truth of an allegation. Evidence that is otherwise admissible may still be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading the jury.