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Definitions of probation

  1. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Act of proving; proof; any proceeding intended to put a person to a test as to character, ability, etc.; trial or test. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Probational, probationary. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Proof; trial; time of trial. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A period of trial; novitiate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of proving; proof; trial; moral trial; novitiate; the trial of a elergyman's qualifications preparatory to his settlement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Trial for proof, or time of trial; any process intended to elicit truth; the trial of man in the present life, by the result of which his future state will be decided; moral trial. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for probation

  1. Through all the dreary time of that probation her pretty white hand seemed beckoning me onward to a happy future! – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  2. Her year of probation was passing away. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
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