on probation

Definition of on probation

  1. 1 :  being tested and watched at a new job to see if one is able to do the job properly As a new employee, I will be on probation for three months.

  2. 2 :  being allowed to stay out of prison after committing a crime if one behaves well, does not commit another crime, etc. She was arrested while on probation.

  3. 3 :  being watched for a period of time during which one must behave well in order not to be seriously punished after having made a serious mistake or done something bad He was on probation for cheating. The student was put/placed on probation for copying test answers.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  subjection of an individual to a period of testing and trial to ascertain fitness (as for a job or school)

    :  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

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