- Probation is a period wherein a person is tested to see if he can behave in a certain way or perform certain tasks in an acceptable manner.
- A period when you are first hired for a job and tested to see if you can do it well is an example of probation.
- When a judge sentences you to six months of being observed and having to comply with rules instead of going to jail after you are caught shoplifting, this is an example of probation.
probation definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- Obsolete proof
Origin: Middle English probacion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin probatio ; from probare, to prove: see probe
probation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A process or period in which a person's fitness, as for work or membership in a social group, is tested.
- a. Law The act of suspending the sentence of a person convicted of a criminal offense and granting that person provisional freedom on the promise of good behavior.b. A discharge for a person from commitment as an insane person on condition of continued sanity and of being recommitted upon the reappearance of insanity.
- A trial period in which a student is given time to try to redeem failing grades or bad conduct.
- The status of a person on probation.
Origin: Middle English probacion, a testing, from Old French probation, from Latin probātiō, probātiōn-, from probātus, past participle of probāre, to test; see prove.
- pro·baˈtion·al adjective
- pro·baˈtion·al·ly adverb
- pro·baˈtion·arˌy adjective
probation - Legal Definition