- 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.
- probate court,
- probation officer,
- probationary assistant,
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.
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|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hardy was given a 60-day suspended sentence and put on probation for 18 months.
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|Jacob Siegel|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a condition of his probation, Bartiromo was barred from accessing the Internet for any non-school-related purpose.
Now, the probation officer is trying to get the judge to suspend sentence.Once Upon A Time|Richard Harding Davis
We have just heard that Fritz has finished his first month of probation, and has been invested with the frock of the novice.Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family|Elizabeth Rundle Charles
Some kind of probation, as it has been termed, is absolutely requisite, to enable them to feel and be sensible of the blessing.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
He had spent a term of probation behind its walls, and wrote Sir Launcelot Greaves within its rules.In Jail with Charles Dickens|Alfred Trumble
Mukna was put on probation for a year; that is, the keepers watched him for a year to see if he would behave well.The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two|Prince Sarath Ghosh
- under the supervision of a probation officer
- undergoing a test period
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.