Definitions of probation

  1. a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
  2. ( law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court; " probation is part of the sentencing process"
  3. a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
  4. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof.
  5. The novitiate which a person must pass in a convent, to probe his or her virtue and ability to bear the severities of the rule.
  6. The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor.
  7. Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character, and becoming qualified for a happier state.
  8. Act of proving; proof; any proceeding intended to put a person to a test as to character, ability, etc.; trial or test.
  9. Act of proving: any proceeding to elict truth, etc.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: novitiate.
  10. Probational, probationary.
  11. Proof; trial; time of trial.
  12. A period of trial; novitiate.
  13. The act of proving; proof; trial; moral trial; novitiate; the trial of a elergyman's qualifications preparatory to his settlement.
  14. Trial for proof, or time of trial; any process intended to elicit truth; the trial of man in the present life, by the result of which his future state will be decided; moral trial.

Usage examples for probation

  1. Through all the dreary time of that probation, her pretty white hand seemed beckoning me onward to a happy future! – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  2. Her year of probation was passing away. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  3. The affair of Harry and Dorothy being thus satisfactorily arranged, the other six were adjusted with little difficulty; and Mr. Falconer returned with a light heart to the Grange, where he presented himself at dinner on the twenty- seventh day of his probation. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  4. This morning there had been trouble in the German class, and as a result, two students had been placed on probation. – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  5. Of course kids are never taken on, and it ain't held out to you that you're going there on probation. – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis
  6. One best way of worship there needs must be; ours may indeed not be the absolutely best, but it is our part, it is our probation to see that we strive earnestly after what is best; yes, and strive with might and main to confer upon our fellows the gains which we have found. – Robert Browning by Edward Dowden
  7. And the length of probation? – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. Have you endured the probation? – The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter by Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
  9. Surely you tried to shorten the probation- time?" – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  10. The gate of the Last Probation stands open- enter! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  11. The father's consent he had secured beforehand, but he thought Fernando ought to write to him; and it was also needful to consult the Rector as to the length of actual preparation and probation. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge
  12. And she cared less about the probation; but she craved for liberty. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  13. Life is always a probation. – The Heart-Cry of Jesus by Byron J. Rees