noun Etymology: Middle English probacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French probation, from Latin probation-, probatio, from probare Date: 15th century 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 • probational adjectiveprobationally adverbprobationary adjective

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