noun[mass noun] Law
- 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.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- But given that we have had an independent evaluation into probational training, we have had a Metropolitan Police Authority internal audit look at probational training, none of them have put this forward.
Late Middle English (denoting testing or investigation): 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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