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

Examples of probationer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deputies contacted an 18-year-old male probationer hanging out with two… — Sacramento Sheriff (@sacsheriff) June 12, 2024 Both suspects are in custody and were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a settlement conference. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 12 June 2024 One of her probationers was a man, identified in the complaint as RP, who wanted to provide extra financial support for the victim of his crime, despite having no outstanding restitution order or court fees. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2024 Also, felony probationers and parolees with illicit drug abuse problems make up roughly half the population of active hard-drug abusers in the United States. Mark A. R. Kleiman, Foreign Affairs, 1 Sep. 2011 More:Former Milwaukee police officer pleads guilty to falsifying records in jail inmate death case One of Booker's duties with the DOC included collecting payments from her probationers to pay for court costs, supervision fees and restitution payments. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for probationer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of probationer was in 1562

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“Probationer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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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