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noun
  1. Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
  2. an officially certified copy of a will so proved.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to probate or a probate court.
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verb (used with object), pro·bat·ed, pro·bat·ing.
  1. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
  2. Law. to put (an offender) on probation.
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Origin of probate

1400–50; late Middle English probat < Latin probātum a thing approved, noun use of neuter past participle of probāre to test and find good; see probe, -ate1
Related formsun·pro·bat·ed, adjective
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probate

noun
  1. the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
    1. the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
    2. the probate copy of a will
  2. (in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
  3. (modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probateprobate value; a probate court
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verb
  1. (tr) mainly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin probāre to inspect
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Word Origin and History for probate

n.

"official proving of a will," c.1400, from Latin probatum "a thing proved," neuter of probatus "tried, tested, proved," past participle of probare "to try, test, prove" (see prove).

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v.

1560s, "to prove," from probate (n.) or from Latin probatus, past participle of probare. Specific sense of "prove the genuineness of a will" is from 1792. Related: Probated; probating.

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