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Related to probational: Probationary Period
1. A process or period in which a person's fitness, as for work or membership in a social group, is tested.
a. A criminal sentence consisting of a term of imprisonment that is suspended provided certain terms and conditions are met.
b. The status of serving such a criminal sentence.
3. Release of a person from commitment for insanity, subject to reversal in the event of a relapse into insanity.
4. A trial period in which a student is given time to try to redeem failing grades or bad conduct.
[Middle English probacion, a testing, from Old French probation, from Latin probātiō, probātiōn-, from probātus, past participle of probāre, to test; see prove.]
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