Definition of probation in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈbāSH(ə)n/


1The release of an offender from detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision: I went to court and was put on probation
More example sentences
  • He was given a community service order and put on probation.
  • In a four-star hotel in Swindon he was arrested, remanded and released on probation.
  • He was tested for alcohol and failed, then was arrested for breaching his probation order.
1.1The process or period of testing or observing the character or abilities of a person in a certain role, for example, a new employee: for an initial period of probation, your manager will closely monitor your progress
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  • One employee was suspended without pay for two weeks and another was put on three-month probation.
  • I had a bad semester, being away from home in a new town and with nobody around, and ended up on academic probation.
  • There have been no calls for his head as yet by institutional investors but he is regarded, at least by some, as being on probation.
trial period, test period, experimental period, trial


Late Middle English (denoting testing, investigation, or examination): from Old French probacion, from Latin probatio(n-), from probare 'to test, prove' (see prove). The legal use dates from the late 19th century.

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Syllabification: pro·ba·tion

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