probate

[proh-beyt]
See more synonyms for probate on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. of or relating to probate or a probate court.
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.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for probate

Contemporary Examples of probate

Historical Examples of probate


British Dictionary definitions for probate

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
verb
  1. (tr) mainly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)

Word Origin for probate

C15: from Latin probāre to inspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper