1 a system of dealing with offenders by placing them under the supervision of a probation officer
a under the supervision of a probation officer
b undergoing a test period
3 a trial period, as for a teacher, religious novitiate, etc.
4 the act of proving or testing
5 a period during which a new employee may have his employment terminated on the grounds of unsuitability
probational, probationary adj
n (N.Z.) a teacher in the first probationary years, (Abbrev.)
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