Meaning of probation

pro•ba•tion

Pronunciation: (prō-bā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of testing.
  2. the testing or trial of a person's conduct, character, qualifications, or the like.
  3. the state or period of such testing or trial.
    1. a method of dealing with offenders, esp. young persons guilty of minor crimes or first offenses, by allowing them to go at large under supervision of a probation officer.
    2. the state of having been conditionally released.
  4. a trial period or condition of students in certain educational institutions who are being permitted to redeem failures, misconduct, etc.
  5. the testing or trial of a candidate for membership in a religious body or order, for holy orders, etc.
  6. proof.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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