a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
(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"
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.
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.
The act of testing; proof
Origin: From probation, from probatio, from probare, past participle probatus; see probate, probe, prove.
the act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof
any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation
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
the trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor
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
Origin: [L. probatio, fr. probare to try, examine, prove: cf. F. probation. See Prove.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prō-bā′shun, n. act of proving: any proceeding to elicit truth, &c.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: noviciate.—adjs. Probā′tional, Probā′tionary, relating to probation or trial.—n. Probā′tioner, one who is on probation or trial: (Scot.) one licensed to preach, but not ordained to a pastorate.—adjs. Prō′bative, Prō′batory, serving for proof or trial: relating to proof.—n. Probā′tor, an examiner.—The doctrine of future probation, the doctrine that the gospel will be preached in another life to the unregenerate dead or to those who never heard it in life. [Fr.,—L.]
The numerical value of probation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of probation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Matthew has violated his probation. He is a felon in possession of a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The right to asylum can be lost if someone is convicted, on probation or jailed, serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law.
I don't think you go on a vacation and disappear, and don't tell anybody, and cut your hair and dye your hair, and hide out in a shabby apartment in a resort town. ... They fought so hard to keep him out of trouble when he killed four innocent people drinking three times the legal limit of alcohol, there's no doubt in my mind that when the video came out that showed him at that party and he was facing a possible revocation of probation, they made a conscious decision to run, and they did.
Then the the judge asked Josten if I was worth it and if we were living together, and we both said 'yes.' When the judge said part of the probation was that we had to get married Josten smiled at me and I was turning red. The judge said, 'You might want to check with her first.' Josten said that because my face was red he thought I was OK with it, but then the judge made me stand up and asked me if I was OK with it. I said yes. People were laughing behind me and the bailiff had to say 'order in the court.' It was embarrassing.
We figured he'd get probation but were surprised about the other conditions, especially the marriage, then the the judge asked Josten if I was worth it and if we were living together, and we both said 'yes.' When the judge said part of the probation was that we had to get married Josten smiled at me and I was turning red. The judge said, 'You might want to check with her first.' Josten said that because my face was red he thought I was OK with it, but then the judge made me stand up and asked me if I was OK with it. I said yes. People were laughing behind me and the bailiff had to say 'order in the court.' It was embarrassing.
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- zkušební doba, podmíněný trest, podmínkaCzech
- δοκιμασία, αναστολή υπό επιτήρησηGreek
- ehdonalainen, koeaikaFinnish
- période d'essai, liberté conditionnelle, probationFrench
- okres próbny, stażPolish
- contrato de experiência, condicional, período de experiênciaPortuguese
- испытательный срокRussian
- kazna, uvjetnaSerbo-Croatian
- praktisk arbetslivsorienteringSwedish
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