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Middle English probacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French probation, from Latin probation-, probatio, from probare


  • 1 : critical examination and evaluation or subjection to such examination and evaluation
  • 2 a : subjection of an individual to a period of testing and trial to ascertain fitness (as for a job or school)
b : the action of suspending the sentence of a convicted offender and giving the offender freedom during good behavior under the supervision of a probation officer
c : the state or a period of being subject to probation