- 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 probational
But in reality, the probational function of the rite is only another aspect of its efficacy.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
(a) Every probational and every absolute appointment in the classified Indian service.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX.|Benjamin Harrison
- 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.