- the act of testing.
- the testing or trial of a person's conduct, character, qualifications, or the like.
- the state or period of such testing or trial.
- a method of dealing with offenders, especially young persons guilty of minor crimes or first offenses, by allowing them to go at large under supervision of a probation officer.
- the state of having been conditionally released.
- Education. a trial period or condition of students in certain educational institutions who are being permitted to redeem failures, misconduct, etc.
- the testing or trial of a candidate for membership in a religious body or order, for holy orders, etc.
- Archaic. proof.
Origin of probation
Examples from the Web for probation
He plead guilty in a plea deal and was punished only with five years of probation.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
Matson was sentenced to eight months in prison and served 15 days with one year of probation.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
Hardy was given a 60-day suspended sentence and put on probation for 18 months.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
After a couple of months probation to see if you act right, Captain Bilal welcomes you in.Bikers of Baghdad: Sunnis, Shias, Skulls, ‘Harleys,’ and Iraqi Flags
July 20, 2014
As a condition of his probation, Bartiromo was barred from accessing the Internet for any non-school-related purpose.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
There is nothing about the earth-life to make it the only phase of effort and probation.The Conquest of Fear
Miss Grange, who had been kind to Sidney in her probation months, taught her the method.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But this was only his second detection, and three of his four days of probation were past.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The first time you've ever warned me that I was on probation, Sally!The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
His state of probation is closed, and he goes to the place for which he is prepared.
- a system of dealing with offenders by placing them under the supervision of a probation officer
- on probation
- under the supervision of a probation officer
- undergoing a test period
- a trial period, as for a teacher, religious novitiate, etc
- the act of proving or testing
- a period during which a new employee may have his employment terminated on the grounds of unsuitability
Word Origin and History for probation
early 15c., "trial, experiment, test," from Old French probacion "proof, evidence" (14c., Modern French probation) and directly from Latin probationem (nominative probatio) "approval, assent; a proving, trial, inspection, examination," noun of action from past participle stem of probare "to test" (see prove). Meaning "testing of a person's conduct" (especially as a trial period for membership) is from early 15c.; theological sense first recorded 1520s; criminal justice sense is recorded by 1866. As a verb from 1640s. Related: Probationer; probationary.