- a testing or trial, as of a person's character, ability to meet requirements, etc.
- the suspension of sentence of a person convicted but not yet imprisoned, on condition of continued good behavior and regular reporting to a probation officer
- the status of a person being tested or on trial: a student on probation because of low grades
- the period of testing or trial
- Obs. proof
Origin of probationMiddle English probacion from Old French from Classical Latin probatio from probare, to prove: see probe