Definitions for probationproʊˈbeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•ba•tionproʊˈbeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the testing or trial of a person's conduct, character, qualifications, or the like.

  2. the state or period of such testing or trial.

  3. the conditional release of an offender under the supervision of a probation officer.

    Category: Law

  4. the trial period or condition of a student who is being permitted to redeem failures, misconduct, etc.

    Category: Education

  5. the act of testing.

  6. Archaic. proof.

Origin of probation:

1375–1425; late ME < L probātiō approval, proof. See prove , -tion



Princeton's WordNet

  1. probation(noun)

    a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership

  2. probation(noun)

    a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself

  3. probation(noun)

    (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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. probation(noun)ʊˈbeɪ ʃən

    a period of time when a criminal is not in prison but must agree not to commit another crime

    He's been put on probation for six months.

  2. probationʊˈbeɪ ʃən

    a period when a new employee can be fired if they do not perform well

    a three month probation period


  1. probation(Noun)

    A period of time when a person occupies a position only conditionally and may easily be removed for poor performance

    You'll be on probation for first six months. After that, if you work out, they'll hire you permanently.

  2. probation(Noun)

    A type of sentence where convicted criminals are allowed to continue living in the community but will automatically be sent to jail if they violate certain conditions

    He got two years probation for robbery.

  3. probation(Noun)

    The act of testing; proof

  4. Origin: From probation, from probatio, from probare, past participle probatus; see probate, probe, prove.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probation(noun)

    the act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof

  2. Probation(noun)

    any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation

  3. Probation(noun)

    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

  4. Probation(noun)

    the trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor

  5. Probation(noun)

    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


  1. Probation

    Probation in criminal law is a period of supervision over an offender, ordered by a court in the stead of serving time in prison. In some jurisdictions, the term probation only applies to community sentences, such as suspended sentences. In others, probation also includes supervision of those conditionally released from prison on parole. An offender on probation is ordered to follow certain conditions set forth by the court, often under the supervision of a probation officer. During this testing period, an offender faces the threat of being sent back to prison, if found breaking the rules. Offenders are ordinarily required to refrain from possession of firearms, and may be ordered to remain employed, abide to a curfew, live at a directed place, obey the orders of the probation officer, or not leave the jurisdiction. The probationer might be ordered as well to refrain from contact with the victims, with potential victims of similar crimes, or with known criminals, particularly co-defendants. Additionally, the restrictions can include a ban on possession or use of alcoholic beverages, even if alcohol was not involved in the original criminal charges. Offenders on probation might be fitted with an electronic tag, which signals their whereabouts to officials. Also, offenders have been ordered to submit to repeated alcohol/drug testing or to participate in alcohol/drug or psychological treatment, or to perform community service work.

Translations for probation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the system allowing people who have broken the law to go free on condition that they commit no more crimes and report regularly to a social worker.

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