• WordNet 3.6
    • n probation (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court "probation is part of the sentencing process"
    • n probation a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
    • n probation a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
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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
    • Probation Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation .
    • Probation Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character, and becoming qualified for a happier state.
    • Probation The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof. "When by miracle God dispensed great gifts to the laity, . . . he gave probation that he intended that all should prophesy and preach."
    • Probation The novitiate which a person must pass in a convent, to probe his or her virtue and ability to bear the severities of the rule.
    • Probation The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n probation The act of proving; proof.
    • n probation Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, character, qualifications, or the like; trial; examination.
    • n probation Specifically — Eccles., the trial of a candidate for church membership, holy orders, or other ecclesiastical position and functions, preparatory to his final admission thereto.
    • n probation In theology, moral trial; a state of life affording an opportunity to test moral character.
    • n probation Any period of trial. Specifically — In religious houses, the period for the trial of a novice before he or she takes the vows of the monastic order.
    • n probation In the Meth. Epis. Ch., a period, usually six months, at the end of which a candidate for admission to the church determines whether he will unite with the church, and the church decides whether he should be admitted to membership.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Probation prō-bā′shun act of proving: any proceeding to elicit truth, &c.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: noviciate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. probatio, fr. probare, to try, examine, prove: cf. F. probation,. See Prove
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Let us buy our entrance to this guild by a long probation.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have done so; the cup of your transgressions is full, and the time of your probation expired.
"Eveline Mandeville" by Alvin Addison
My own health has been as good as ever, after the first year's probation.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Now, the probation officer is trying to get the judge to suspend sentence.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
In 1854 Huxley's uncomfortable period of probation came to an end.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
But this is just what ought to be if religion is true, and we are in a state of probation.
"Thoughts on Religion" by George John Romanes
Much is forgiven during the first years of probation.
"Studies in Occultism; A Series of Reprints from the Writings of H. P. Blavatsky" by H. P. Blavatsky
This term of probation was often extended to eight, or even to fifteen days.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
We felt a peculiar interest in visiting the room of probation.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 427" by Various
At the expiration of a few months' probation, he proposed to restore them to society.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage

In poetry:

The past with all its pleasure
And all its sorrow too,
Has been but a probation
To prove me false or true.
"The Future" by Jared Barhite
I went to a town on probation,
And my bashfulness followed me,
And while in deep meditation,
A voice gently whispered to me.
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
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

In news:

If your property passes by will, a probate court action will generally be necessary after your death.
Revocable living trust s can pave the way for a smooth, quick transfer of assets at death without the hassles of probate.
A Chambersburg man will spend three to 23 months in prison followed by four years of probation for having sex with a teenage girl.
He also was sentenced to one-year probation.
Wayne MacFarline was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation upon completion of his prison sentence.
The real life White, whose middle name is "Eddy," was on probation after a 2008 meth -related conviction.
Monsignor seeks probation in landmark child-endangerment case.
CENTENNIAL -Amid probation "violations" and concern about dangerous sexual.
About 40 of the 104 people indicted for unlawful use of food stamp benefits at an East Waco convenience store and pizzeria have been sentenced in recent weeks — many to felony probation.
Fellow hunter faces charge for having muzzleloader on probation.
A city woman, who admitted on Thursday to breaking into a neighbor's home, was given a choice by the judge: probation or jail.
In addition to the fine and probation, Martens must also pay $5,000 in restitution.
Ryan Jackson was also sentenced in Houston County District Court last week to 120 days in jail and 10 years probation.
David Robinson appealed the revocation of his probation.
Wiles takes top votes in Wayne Juvenile/ Probate Court race.