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probation

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noun pro·ba·tion \prō-ˈbā-shən\

Simple Definition of probation

  • : a situation or period of time in which a person who is starting a new job is tested and watched to see if that person is able to do the job properly

  • law : a situation or period of time in which a person who has committed a crime is allowed to stay out of prison if that person behaves well, does not commit another crime, etc.

  • : a situation or period of time in which a person who has made a serious mistake or done something bad is watched and must behave well in order not to be seriously punished

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of probation

  1. 1 :  critical examination and evaluation or subjection to such examination and evaluation

  2. 2 a :  subjection of an individual to a period of testing and trial to ascertain fitness (as for a job or school) b :  the action of suspending the sentence of a convicted offender and giving the offender freedom during good behavior under the supervision of a probation officer c :  the state or a period of being subject to probation

probational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

probationally

adverb

probationary

play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of probation in a sentence

  1. As a new employee, I will be on probation for three months.

  2. He hoped that the judge would grant him probation.

  3. He was sentenced to one year's probation.

  4. He was sent back to prison for violating his probation.

  5. She was arrested while on probation.

  6. Instead of firing her, they put her on probation.

  7. The student was placed on probation for copying test answers.



Origin and Etymology of probation

Middle English probacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French probation, from Latin probation-, probatio, from probare


First Known Use: 15th century



PROBATION Defined for Kids

probation

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noun pro·ba·tion \prō-ˈbā-shən\

Definition of probation for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition of being closely watched and evaluated for a period of time or the period of time during which this happens

  2. 2 :  the early release of a prisoner on certain conditions




Law Dictionary

probation

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noun pro·ba·tion \prō-ˈbā-shən\

Legal Definition of probation

  1. 1a :  subjection to a period of evaluation and possible termination at the commencement of employment in a position for which one's fitness is to be determined b :  subjection to a period of review in the course of employment or education as a result of a violation of standards and with the possibility of dismissal if standards are not met

  2. 2a :  the suspension of all or part of a sentence and its replacement by freedom subject to specific conditions and the supervision of a probation officer <it is the intent of the legislature that the granting of probation shall be a matter of grace conferring no vested right to its continuance — Michigan Statutes Annotated> —called also community supervision — compare diversion, parole b :  probation as a sentence in itself c :  the period or state of being subject to probation <arrested while on probation>

probational

\-shə-nəl\ play adjective

probationally

adverb

probationary

\-shə-ˌner-ē\ play adjective


Origin and Etymology of probation

Middle French, critical examination and evaluation, from Latin probation- probatio, from probare to test, approve, prove



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