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Noun: probation  prow'bey-shun
  1. A trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
  2. A trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
  3. (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"

Derived forms: probations

Type of: freeing, liberation, release, test period, trial period

Encyclopedia: Probation