• WordNet 3.6
    • adj probationary under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon "probationary employees","a provisional government","just a tentative schedule"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Probationary Of or pertaining to probation; serving for trial. "To consider this life . . . as a probationary state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • probationary Pertaining to probation; embracing or serving for trial or probation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Probationary relating to probation or trial
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Peggy says it shouldn't be called an engagement, but rather a two-year probationary period.
"Old Valentines" by Munson Aldrich Havens
I decided to shorten the probationary stage by half, and so I purchased two cows.
"The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories" by W. H. H. Murray
When a prisoner has served his time in irons, he is removed to a probationary gang; that which I am describing is an ironed gang.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
Probationary period usually from 2 to 2-1/2 years.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
Then they enter a twelve weeks probationary service.
"Zeppelin" by Harry Vissering
It can well be fancied that Seth did not neglect his duties after having been admitted to the probationary class.
"An Amateur Fireman" by James Otis
There was nothing tangible of which he could complain, and this probationary period was of his own suggestion.
"The Hillman" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I had served for four years; that is to say, one year beyond the probationary period.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
"The Nation's Peril" by Anonymous
The imported horse, it was discovered, needed a long and probationary period to make him at home on the South African veldt.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke

In news:

98 ' probationary ' teachers terminated, administrators moved to new roles.
The Rockford Board of Education (BOE) voted at its March 13 meeting to lay off 98 " probationary " teachers and move a number of administrators to different positions within the district.
Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter.
Bill would require 2-year probationary period.
He became a probationary fireman in April 1999.
I believe Mr O'Brien's probationary term ended at the very latest on May 29, 2012 at 11:59:59 pm, the day before he was ambushed by the majority of the board.
Karl Joseph was a "probie," a probationary firefighter, at Engine Company 207 in downtown Brooklyn after joining the department in October 2000.
Probationary sentence is a possibility.
Former mayor of Forestville Charles Brewster , who resigned from the position on Oct 11, will become the village's new streets and water supervisor effective Nov 5 with a one-year probationary period.
Gov Bob McDonnell is proposing 2 percent pay raises for public school teachers conditioned on more strenuous teacher assessment standards and a longer probationary period for new hires.
Williams was terminated prior to completing his probationary period, therefore he will not be eligible for filing a grievance .
The seven applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.
Robinson said he is confident that officials from the accrediting agency will lift the probationary status when they gather again for their next annual meeting in December 2013 to review FAMU's status.
This extends a probationary period that started in August 2011 and now runs through Aug 23, 2015.
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson, stated, " probationary status is very serious, we have a lot of work to do here it's not a slap on the wrist.".

In science:

Evans, chair of the mathematics department, who immediately accepted him as a probationary graduate student.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
The probationary status resulted from Erich not having a degree.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work