- 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 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
- 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.