probation

noun
pro·ba·tion | \prō-ˈbā-shən \

Definition of probation 

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

2a : 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

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Other Words from probation

probational \prō-ˈbā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
probationally adverb
probationary \prō-ˈbā-shə-ˌner-ē \ adjective

Examples of probation in a Sentence

As a new employee, I will be on probation for three months. He hoped that the judge would grant him probation. He was sentenced to one year's probation. He was sent back to prison for violating his probation. She was arrested while on probation. Instead of firing her, they put her on probation. The student was placed on probation for copying test answers.
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Conviction of criminal charges could result in no jail time, or up to a year in custody, but Darosa would probably be placed on probation and have to pay restitution if found guilty, Raven said. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Man cited in Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 Williams has been charged with first-degree murder, as well as violation of probation and driving without a valid license. refinery29.com, "Second Suspect Arrested In Relation To XXXTentacion's Murder," 11 July 2018 The books were donated by public defenders, probation and court staff. Lauren Hernandez, SFChronicle.com, "Graduates of Young Adult Court in SF get second chance to beat the odds," 28 June 2018 His sentence: one year in the county jail and five years of probation. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 His sentence: one year in the county jail and five years of probation. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena," 11 July 2018 She was sentenced to eight months in prison and three years of probation. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 Brittany Covington was sentenced to four years of probation last year. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man sentenced for hate crime in live-streamed beating of mentally disabled teen," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of probation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for probation

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

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

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probation

noun

English Language Learners 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

probation

noun
pro·ba·tion | \prō-ˈbā-shən \

Kids Definition of probation

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

2 : the early release of a prisoner on certain conditions

probation

noun
pro·ba·tion | \prō-ˈbā-shən \

Legal Definition of probation 

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

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 continuanceMichigan 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

Other Words from probation

probational \-shə-nəl \ adjective
probationally adverb
probationary \-shə-ˌner-ē \ adjective

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