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probate

noun pro·bate \ ˈprō-ˌbāt , British also -bit \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. Her will was offered for probate by the relatives.

  2. The case will now go to probate.

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Did You Know?

Ever since people have written wills, those wills have had to be proven genuine by a judge. Without a probate process, greedy acquaintances or relatives could write up a fake will stating that all the person's wealth belonged to them. To establish a will as genuine, it must generally be witnessed and stamped by someone officially licensed to do so (though wills have sometimes been approved even when they were just written on a piece of scrap paper, with no witnesses). Today we use probate more broadly to mean everything that's handled in probate court, a special court that oversees the handling of estates (the money and property left when someone dies), making sure that everyone eventually receives what is properly theirs.

Origin and Etymology of probate

Middle English probat, from Latin probatum, neuter of probatus, past participle of probare


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probate

verb pro·bate \ ˈprō-ˌbāt \

Definition of probate

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

Examples of probate in a Sentence

  1. The court will probate the will.

First Known Use of probate

1570


PROBATE Defined for English Language Learners

probate

noun

Definition of probate for English Language Learners

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


probate

verb

Definition of probate for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

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probate

noun pro·bate \ ˈprō-ˌbāt \

legal Definition of probate

1 a : the process of proving in a court of competent jurisdiction (as a probate court) that an instrument is the valid last will and testament of a deceased person; broadly : the process of administering an estate
b : the judicial determination that a will is valid
2 : the officially authenticated copy of a probated will
b : matters that fall under the jurisdiction of a probate court

Origin and Etymology of probate

Latin probatum, neuter of probatus, past participle of probare to test, approve, prove


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probate

transitive verb

legal Definition of probate

probated; probating
1 : to establish (a will) as valid through probate
2 a : to put (a convicted offender) on probation
b : to replace (a sentence) with probation


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