- 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.
Origin of probation
Examples from the Web for probationary
The probationary status would be good for six years and could then be renewed after payment of another $500 penalty.What You Need to Know About the Gang of Eight's Immigration Reform Deal|Justin Green|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And give “probationary legal status” to the 11 million — not on the day the bill is signed but on the day the fence is completed.Just 'Building the Damn Fence' Won't Fix Everything|Justin Green|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At the close of the fourth probationary year, the plates and accessories were given into the custody of the latter-day seer.The Vitality of Mormonism--Brief Essays|James E. Talmage
Capt. Cheyne had recommended the opening of accounts and payment for probationary labor.
Such men should not be trusted until they had passed through a probationary state.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama|Walter L. Fleming
With adults this was regarded as a probationary agreement to marry.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
The first or probationary degree of the Order is intended for the masses.The Nation's Peril|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for probationary
- under the supervision of a probation officer
- undergoing a test period