- Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
- an officially certified copy of a will so proved.
- of or relating to probate or a probate court.
- to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
- Law. to put (an offender) on probation.
Origin of probate
Related Words for probatedevise, transfer, confer, leave, legate, bequest, disinherit, probate, disherit
Examples from the Web for probate
Contemporary Examples of probate
His wife, Anna Zubkova, is running as a Democrat for a probate judge seat in Plainfield, Conn.Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist
August 11, 2014
On Feb. 1, 2008, a Los Angeles probate judge granted the conservatorship and issued a restraining order against Lutfi.Britney Spears Civil Trial Ends in Win for Singer and Her Family
Maria Elena Fernandez
November 2, 2012
At the same time, the Supreme White Alliance acknowledged that Cowart was indeed a “probate member.”Obama and the Neo-Nazis
October 29, 2008
Historical Examples of probate
Mr. Galloway carried the probate of a will to his room, and sat down to examine it.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Her will was admitted to probate, or whatever they call it, yesterday.
Women are eligible also as deputy town clerk and register of probate.
In fact, they were legally hers, for the will had been admitted to probate.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison
Austin Biron Bidwell
Just enough of the will was left unburned to be admitted to probate.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
- the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
- the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
- the probate copy of a will
- (in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
- (modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probateprobate value; a probate court
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
Word Origin for probate
"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).
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.