pro·​ba·​tion·​er prō-ˈbā-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce probationer (audio)
: a person (such as a newly admitted student nurse) whose fitness is being tested during a trial period
: a convicted offender on probation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web She will also be required to participate in a victim impact panel and recidivist alcohol probationer program. Dory Jackson,, 28 Sep. 2021 El Cajon police found a cache of more than 100 firearms — handguns to assault rifles — along with body armor silencers and a tear gas grenade at the home of a probationer who is not supposed to have any guns, a police spokesman said Friday. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2021 This week, Schubert’s office filed an 18-count indictment against a probationer arrested with nine EDD debit cards issued in different names, along with a Glock-style pistol with no serial number, $58,000 in cash and nearly four pounds of marijuana. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2021 Rowland also said he as an exemplary record as a probationer and there would be no adverse effect to bringing his supervision to an early conclusion. Edmund H. Mahony,, 6 Nov. 2020 Its income, in the form of the monthly fees, depended directly on how long each probationer remained on the hook. al, 26 Sep. 2020 The probationer – Terry Easter – is suspected of firing shots, Abbott said. Carol Robinson |, al, 18 June 2020 In Philadelphia, an algorithm created by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania has helped dictate the experience of probationers for at least five years. Adam Satariano, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2020 Three nights a week, probationers in the new Courts Addiction & Drug Services, or CADS, program receive cognitive behavioral therapy, job coaching, meditation training, and other services. Beth Macy, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of probationer was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Probationer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


pro·​ba·​tion·​er prō-ˈbā-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce probationer (audio)
: a person who is on probation

Legal Definition


pro·​ba·​tion·​er prō-ˈbā-shə-nər How to pronounce probationer (audio)
: one (as an offender or employee) who is on probation

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