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Definitions of probation

  1. a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (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
  3. a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. Probationary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. 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.
  11. Act of proving: any proceeding to elict truth, etc.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: novitiate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Probational, probationary. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Proof; trial; time of trial. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. A period of trial; novitiate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The act of proving; evidence; proof. Also trial; test; the time of novitiate. Used In the latter sense iu the monastic orders. In modern criminal administration, allowing a person convicted of some minor of- fense (particularly juvenile offenders) to go at large, under a suspension of sentence, during good behavior, and generally under the supervision or guardianship of a "probation officer." thelawdictionary.org
  18. pr[=o]-b[=a]'shun, n. act of proving: any proceeding to elicit truth, &c.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: noviciate.--adjs. PROB[=A]'TIONAL, PROB[=A]'TIONARY, relating to probation or trial.--n. PROB[=A]'TIONER, one who is on probation or trial: (Scot.) one licensed to preach, but not ordained to a pastorate.--adjs. PR[=O]'BATIVE, PR[=O]'BATORY, serving for proof or trial: relating to proof.--n. PROB[=A]'TOR, an examiner.--THE DOCTRINE OF FUTURE PROBATION, the doctrine that the gospel will be preached in another life to the unregenerate dead or to those who never heard it in life. [Fr.,--L.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Testing of conduct or character of person esp. of candidate for membership in religious body &c.; moral trial or discipline; system of releasing young criminals esp. first offenders on suspended sentence during good behaviour under supervision of person (p. officer) acting as friend& adviser. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. n. [Latin] Act of proving; proof;-evidence; testimony ;-act of testing; trial ; examination;-any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, or the like ;-the period of novitiate before entrance into a monastic or conventual life ;-moral trial ; the exercise and discipline which man undergoes in this present life. Cabinet Dictionary

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