- 1The release of an offender from detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision: I went to court and was put on probationMore 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 progressMore example sentences
trial period, test period, experimental period, trial
- 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.
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- The recruits undertake an initial two-week intensive course in Barrow, before starting their two-year probationary period with the crew.
- Most were forced to spend lengthy periods doing supply work or take temporary posts until they had completed the required 270 days of probationary teaching.
- In Edinburgh, two references are taken up and, if the applicant is successful, they are issued with a code of conduct and have to undergo a probationary period of six months.
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.