What does probation mean?

Definitions for probation
proʊˈbeɪ ʃənpro·ba·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word probation.

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.

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

  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.

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

  3. probationnoun

    The act of testing; proof

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probationnoun

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

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

  2. Probationnoun

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

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

  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

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

  4. Probationnoun

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

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

  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

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

Freebase

  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.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce probation?

How to say probation in sign language?

Numerology

  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. Jeff Hammerschmidt:

    The reality is for a felony probation, a person can do a year in jail. There’s numerous restrictions on the person’s freedom, just because someone gets probation does not mean they got off easy.

  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. Tonya Harding:

    - and was sentenced to three years of probation, 500 hours of community service and was forced to pay The New York Timesreported, The New York Timesreported. Tonya Harding was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association in June 1994, Cosmopolitanreported. In an interview with The New York Times that was publishedin January 2018, Tonya Harding told the paper Tonya Harding knew the attack would follow Tonya Harding for the rest of Tonya Harding life. I knew that this would be with me for the rest of my life.

  4. David Jaros:

    I find it hard to believe saddling this guy with a record and probation that could result in jail time is the best way to resolve what is clearly a mental health problem, this is a classic example of how the criminal justice system can ultimately create hurdles for a person trying to get the help they need.

  5. Brouck Jacobs:

    The facts of the case merit prison and not probation.

Images & Illustrations of probation

  1. probationprobationprobationprobationprobation

Popularity rank by frequency of use

probation#10000#11510#100000

Translations for probation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for probation »

Translation

Find a translation for the probation definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these probation definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "probation." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 21 Sep. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/probation>.

    Are we missing a good definition for probation? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    a male servant (especially a footman)
    • A. taper
    • B. flunkey
    • C. jocularity
    • D. scalawag

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for probation: