• WordNet 3.6
    • v probate establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)
    • v probate put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
    • n probate the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
    • n probate a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 1 in 30 people, in the U.S., are in jail, on probation, or on parole
    • a Probate Of or belonging to a probate, or court of probate; as, a probate record.
    • Probate (Law) Official proof; especially, the proof before a competent officer or tribunal that an instrument offered, purporting to be the last will and testament of a person deceased, is indeed his lawful act; the copy of a will proved, under the seal of the Court of Probate, delivered to the executors with a certificate of its having been proved.
    • Probate Proof.
    • Probate (Law) The right or jurisdiction of proving wills.
    • v. t Probate To obtain the official approval of, as of an instrument purporting to be the last will and testament; as, the executor has probated the will.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • probate Proved; approved.
    • probate Relating to the proof or establishment of wills and testaments: as, probate duties.
    • n probate Proof.
    • n probate In law, official proof of a will. The determination of the court before which a will is propounded that the paper is the last will and testament of the deceased, and its admission thereupon to record as such. It determines or implies that the instrument is genuine, and regular in form and execution, and that the testator was competent to make a will, but not usually that the provisions of the will are valid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Probate prō′bāt the proof before a competent court that a written paper purporting to be the will of a person who has died is indeed his lawful act: the official copy of a will, with the certificate of its having been proved: the right or jurisdiction of proving wills
    • adj Probate relating to the establishment of wills and testaments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. probatus, p. p. of probare, to prove. See Prove


In literature:

Do you know, Gerald," added Maude, with a bright eagerness, "I am going to write and urge her to shorten this lengthy probation.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
Does human probation terminate at death?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
After such a probation, the energy and perseverance of the lover is almost unparalleled.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)" by S. Spooner
It was due to him that the sort of probation which he had voluntarily instituted should come to an end.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
So we were on probation.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
Human probation will already have closed.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer
A tax on land and a succession or probate duty on capital might be perfectly justified by these facts.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
He spent his first two years in study mainly, and extended his probation.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
During a probation of thirteen years, he was assistant to six parish ministers, and tutor in five different families.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II." by Various
The controlling principle of these cases is not confined to proceedings in probate.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"

In poetry:

After a few short years
Our race will have been run;
This short probation given us
Will end beneath the sun.
"Years" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
And if, like you, with lowly zeal
This dim probation path we trod,
Shall at your side enraptured kneel
Amid the paradise of God.
"Sudden Death" by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
This earth is a place of probation,
A school wherein man may secure
A knowledge of his true relation,
To the noble, the true, and the pure.
"Who Shall Judge?" by Jared Barhite
"Urge me no more," he fiercely said,
"But know, not long these prayers can last;
Reflect, fond girl! at morning's dawn
The year of thy probation's past!"
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Nor was The Son Who bore the great Temptation
By Angels of his Father left alone;
Nor to this daughter in her long probation,
Less loving grace is shown.
"A Sick-Bed Confirmation " by Samuel John Stone
For, oh! if one glance the freed spirit can throw
On the scene of its troubled probation below,
Than the pride of the marble, the pomp of the dead,
To that glance will be dearer the tears which we shed.
"A Lament" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Elizabeth Escalona faced from probation to life in prison.
A trial judge was correct in revoking a man's probation based on his failure to pay weekly child support as a condition of his probation, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled.
Four former Navy officials and three defense contractors were sentenced to prison and probation terms Tuesday for their admitted roles in a wide-ranging fraud and corruption scheme at Naval Air Station North Island .
Defense lawyers sought two years of probation, $4,000 fine and community service.
Probate can be painless .
Who Is Involved In The Probate Process.
Lindsay Lohan arrives at court in Los Angeles with mother Dina for a probation hearing.
Last fall, George Washington University's medical school was put on probation by its accrediting body.
Ex-Oakland County Democratic Party boss gets probation for fake tea party scandal.
20 years' probation added to sex offender's sentence.
A former Pawnee Nation program coordinator was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after pleading guilty in June to a federal theft charge.
Roughface was ordered by US District Judge James Payne to serve the first six months of probation while under house arrest.
Seven months of jail time, five years of probation and a nearly $4,200 bill was the sentence given a 22-year-old Powell man for a downtown break-in.
Beverly Peele has been sentenced to three years' probation and 300 of hours of community service for stealing a woman's credit card information and charging thousands of dollars in merchandise.
The 64-year-old Olmstead pleaded no contest in January and received a one-year deferred sentence and probation.