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1. The legal process by which the validity of a will is established.
2. Judicial certification of the validity of a will.
tr.v. pro·bat·ed, pro·bat·ing, pro·bates
To establish the validity of (a will) by probate.
Of or relating to probate or to a probate court: probate law; a probate judge.
[Middle English probat, from Latin probātum, neuter past participle of probāre, to prove; see prove.]
1. (Law) the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
a. the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
b. the probate copy of a will
3. (Law) (in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
4. (Law) (modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probate: probate value; a probate court.
(Law) (tr) chiefly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
[C15: from Latin probāre to inspect]
n., adj., v. -bat•ed, -bat•ing. n.
1. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.adj.
2. of or pertaining to probate or a probate court.v.t.
3. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
probate- The official proving of a will, from Latin probatum, "thing proved."
See also related terms for official.
Past participle: probated
The process of legally establishing the validity of a person’s will.
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|Noun||1.||probate - a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate|
certificate, credential, credentials, certification - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
|2.||probate - the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements|
|Verb||1.||probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence|
|2.||probate - establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"