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Meaning of PROBATION

Pronunciation:  prow'beyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court; "probation is part of the sentencing process"
  2. [n]  a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
  3. [n]  a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership

PROBATION is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: freeing, liberation, release, test period, trial period



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pro*ba"tion\, n. [L. probatio, fr. probare to try,
examine, prove: cf. F. probation. See {Prove}.]
1. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything;
   proof. [Obs.]

         When by miracle God dispensed great gifts to the
         laity, . . . he gave probation that he intended that
         all should prophesy and preach.       --Jer. Taylor.

2. Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine
   character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to
   engage a person on probation. Hence, specifically:
   (a) The novitiate which a person must pass in a convent,
       to probe his or her virtue and ability to bear the
       severities of the rule.
   (b) The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications
       prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a
   (c) Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in
       which he has the opportunity of proving his character,
       and becoming qualified for a happier state.

             No [view of human life] seems so reasonable as
             that which regards it as a state of probation.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An alternative to imprisonment allowing a person found guilty of an offense to stay in the community, usually under conditions and under the supervision of a probation officer. A violation of probation can lead to its revocation and to imprisonment.