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proʊˈbeɪ ʃənpro·ba·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probationnoun

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

  2. probationnoun

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

  3. probationnoun

    (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"

Wiktionary

  1. probationnoun

    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. probationnoun

    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. probationnoun

    The act of testing; proof

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROBATIONnoun

    Etymology: probatio, Lat. from probo, Lat. probation, Fr.

    Of the truth herein,
    This present object made probation. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    He was lapt in a most curious mantle, which, for more probation, I can produce. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    When these principles, what is, is, and it is impossible for the same thing to be, and not to be, are made use of in the probation of propositions, wherein are words standing for complex ideas, as man or horse, there they make men receive and retain falsehood for manifest truth. John Locke.

    In the practical part of knowledge, much will be left to experience and probation, whereunto indication cannot so fully reach. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    I suffer many things as an author militant, whereof, in your days of probation, you have been a sharer. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. Probation

    Probation in criminal law is a period of supervision over an offender, ordered by the court often in lieu of incarceration. In some jurisdictions, the term probation applies only to community sentences (alternatives to incarceration), 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 the period of probation, an offender faces the threat of being incarcerated if found breaking the rules set by the court or probation officer. Offenders are ordinarily required to maintain law-abiding behavior, and may be ordered to refrain from possession of firearms, remain employed, participate in an educational program, abide 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 (such as a former partner in a domestic violence case), with potential victims of similar crimes (such as minors, if the instant offense involves child sexual abuse), or with known criminals, particularly co-defendants. Additionally, offenders can be subject to refrain from use or possession of alcohol and other drugs and may be ordered to submit alcohol/drug tests or participate in alcohol/drug psychological treatment. Offenders on probation might be fitted with an electronic tag (or monitor), which signals their movement to officials. Some courts permit defendants of limited means to perform community service in order to pay off their probation fines.

ChatGPT

  1. probation

    Probation is a period of supervised release ordered by a court as an alternative to imprisonment. During this time, offenders must adhere to specific conditions set by the court under the supervision of a probation officer. It is meant to rehabilitate the individual, help them reintegrate into society and prevent future offenses. Conditions may include regular check-ins with the probation officer, drug testing, community service, or counseling and the length and conditions of probation can vary depending on the individual's offense and their history.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probationnoun

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

  2. Probationnoun

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

  3. Probationnoun

    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. Probationnoun

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

  5. Probationnoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [L. probatio, fr. probare to try, examine, prove: cf. F. probation. See Prove.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Probation

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. probation

    The noviciate period of cadets, midshipmen, apprentices, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of probation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of probation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of probation in a Sentence

  1. District Judge Thomas Hogan:

    It has become evident to me in the riot cases that many of the defendants who are pleading guilty are not truly accepting responsibility, they seem to me to be trying to get this out of the way as quickly and as inexpensively as possible -- stating whatever they have to say in the guilty plea, getting probation, and hoping that would be the end of it.

  2. Governor Murphy:

    Our Administration is deeply committed to transforming our criminal justice system, and today we are taking a historic step to give residents impacted by that system a second chance, i am proud to sign one of the most progressive expungement laws in the nation, which will allow more New Jerseyans the opportunity to fully engage in our society. I am also proud to enact legislation that will restore voting rights to over 80,000 residents on probation or parole, allowing them to fully participate in our democracy.

  3. Royce Lamberth:

    Some of my defendants in some of these other cases think there's no consequence to this, and there is a consequence, i don't want to create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here, because it's not going to be.

  4. Kenneth Jaynes:

    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.

  5. Joe Sullivan:

    Probation and parole are a large part of the criminal justice program and should be a significant partner in any gun violence reduction strategy.

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