Associations to the word «Probation»

Wiktionary

PROBATION, noun. A period of time when a person occupies a position only conditionally and may easily be removed for poor performance
PROBATION, noun. A type of sentence where convicted criminals are allowed to continue living in the community but will automatically be sent to jail if they violate certain conditions
PROBATION, noun. (archaic) The act of testing; proof
PROBATION OFFICER, noun. A law enforcement officer who supervises offenders who have been released from incarceration and, often, recommends sentencing in courts of law.

Dictionary definition

PROBATION, noun. A trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership.
PROBATION, noun. A trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself.
PROBATION, noun. (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".

Wise words

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