Middle English probatfrom Latin probātumneuter past participle ofprobāreto proveprove
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinprobatus, past participle of probare (“to test, examine, judge of"); see probe, prove.
Probate Sentence Examples
It had probate jurisdiction and wills were registered.
The other officials are the sheriff, treasurer and coroner, elected for two years; the auditor, recorder, clerk of courts, prosecuting attorney, surveyor and infirmary directors, elected for two years; and the board of school examiners (three) and the board of county visitors (six, of whom three are women), appointed usually by the probate judge for three years.
Below this are the twelve district courts, the town councils, probate courts in the larger towns, and justices of the peace.
This jurisdiction, which he exercised through the judge of the Prerogative court, was transferred to the crown by the Court of Probate Act 1857.
The district court has general, original and exclusive jurisdiction in all matters civil, criminal and probate not expressly conferred on an inferior court, and may hear appeals from inferior courts, boards or officers.