Definition of probate in English:


Line breaks: pro|bate
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊbeɪt


[mass noun]
  • 1The official proving of a will: the house has been valued for probate
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    • Finally there were courts administering family and probate matters, which had inherited their jurisdiction from the ecclesiastical courts, and the Court of Admiralty.
    • I do not accept that a rate ascertained in that way is a fair measure for a solicitor's hourly rate in dealing with a quite complicated probate matter.
    • A $20 million scam that involved a forged grant of administration from the High Court probate office has been reported to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A verified copy of a will with a certificate as handed to the executors: she has been granted a probate to execute her late father’s estate
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    • There will be workshops each day and talks on a variety of subjects, including how to research your family history online, how to use the Census, service records, wills and probates.
    • Oddly, the reply refers to only 12 probates from San Francisco, in contrast to the ‘few hundred’ he claimed to have examined when Seckora interviewed him.
    • Hood draws upon probates, tax records, account books, newspaper ads, tax records and other government records in a study that contributes to social and family history as well as economic history and the history of technology.


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  • Establish the validity of (a will).
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    • You will either need to conduct a normal probate, commonly known as an independent administration, or you might be able to conduct a simplified form of probate called probating the will as a muniment of title.
    • For instance, one or both of your parents' estates may need to be probated, estate and inheritance taxes may need to be paid, the property may be subject to a mortgage, there may be title issues, or your brother may have a judgment against him.
    • However, when a will is probated as a muniment of title, inventories are not filed.


late Middle English: from Latin probatum 'something proved', neuter past participle of probare 'to test, prove'.

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