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probation

[ proh-bey-shuhn ]
/ proʊˈbeɪ ʃən /
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noun
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Origin of probation

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English probacion, from Latin probātiōn- (stem of probātiō ); see probate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM probation

pro·ba·tion·al, pro·ba·tion·ar·y [proh-bey-shuh-ner-ee], /proʊˈbeɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjectivepro·ba·tion·ship, nounnon·pro·ba·tion, noun
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How to use probation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for probation

probation
/ (prəˈbeɪʃən) /

noun
a system of dealing with offenders by placing them under the supervision of a probation officer
on probation
  1. under the supervision of a probation officer
  2. 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

Derived forms of probation

probational or probationary, adjectiveprobationally, adverb
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