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. Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation.
  6. 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.
  7. The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor.
  8. 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.
  9. Probationary.
  10. Act of proving; proof; any proceeding intended to put a person to a test as to character, ability, etc.; trial or test.
  11. Act of proving: any proceeding to elict truth, etc.: trial: time of trial: moral trial: novitiate.
  12. Probational, probationary.
  13. Proof; trial; time of trial.
  14. A period of trial; novitiate.
  15. The act of proving; proof; trial; moral trial; novitiate; the trial of a elergyman's qualifications preparatory to his settlement.
  16. 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. If it is said that, supposing man to be in a state of probation faith, and not reason, must be the instrument of his trial, I am ready to admit the validity of the remark; but I must also ask it to be remembered, that unless faith has some basis of reason whereon to rest, it differs in nothing from superstition; and hence that it is still our duty to investigate the rational standing of the question before us by the scientific methods alone. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  2. 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
  3. The gate of the Last Probation stands open- enter! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  4. And is not her virtue now in the height of its probation – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  5. And she cared less about the probation but she craved for liberty. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  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. The probation looked forward to with such anxiety and terror had turned out, after all, only a delightful spree. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  8. Have you endured the probation – The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter by Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
  9. Life is always a probation – The Heart-Cry of Jesus by Byron J. Rees
  10. The idea of punishment as a deterrent of crime is, as a consequence, gradually losing its hold upon modern criminologists, and in its stead we have been experimenting for some time past with such measures as probation suspended or indeterminate sentence, and parole. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  11. I impose upon you no seven- year probation like that required by Jacob's father- in- law. –  by
  12. Her year of probation was passing away. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Surely you tried to shorten the probation time?" – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  16. And the length of probation – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  17. 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
  18. When she found that she was to be detained through the day she begged the woman probation officer to go with her to her home saying that her mother was ill and she feared the result if she did not return as usual. – The Girl and Her Religion by Margaret Slattery
  19. 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