probation

[ proh-bey-shuh n ]
/ proʊˈbeɪ ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. probacteriophage,
  2. proband,
  3. probang,
  4. probate,
  5. probate court,
  6. probation officer,
  7. probationary,
  8. probationary assistant,
  9. probationer,
  10. probative

Origin of probation

1375–1425; late Middle English probacion < Latin probātiōn- (stem of probātiō). See probate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for probationary

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 Formsprobational or probationary, adjectiveprobationally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for probationary

probation

n.

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.

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