- Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
- an officially certified copy of a will so proved.
- of or relating to probate or a probate court.
- to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
- Law. to put (an offender) on probation.
Origin of probate
- the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
- the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
- the probate copy of a will
- (in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
- (modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probateprobate value; a probate court
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
Word Origin for probate
"official proving of a will," c.1400, from Latin probatum "a thing proved," neuter of probatus "tried, tested, proved," past participle of probare "to try, test, prove" (see prove).
1560s, "to prove," from probate (n.) or from Latin probatus, past participle of probare. Specific sense of "prove the genuineness of a will" is from 1792. Related: Probated; probating.