probate


1pro·bate

noun \ˈprō-ˌbāt, British also -bit\

: the process of proving in court that the will of a person who has died is valid

Full Definition of PROBATE

1
a :  the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine
b :  the judicial determination of the validity of a will
2
:  the officially authenticated copy of a probated will

Examples of PROBATE

  1. Her will was offered for probate by the relatives.
  2. The case will now go to probate.

Origin of PROBATE

Middle English probat, from Latin probatum, neuter of probatus, past participle of probare
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

2pro·bate

verb \-ˌbāt\

law : to prove that (a will) is valid before a probate court

pro·bat·edpro·bat·ing

Full Definition of PROBATE

transitive verb
1
:  to establish (a will) by probate as genuine and valid
2
:  to put (a convicted offender) on probation

Examples of PROBATE

  1. The court will probate the will.

First Known Use of PROBATE

1570

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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