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1    a system of dealing with offenders by placing them under the supervision of a probation officer  
2    on probation  
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  
  probationally      adv  

probationary assistant  
      n     (N.Z.)   a teacher in the first probationary years,   (Abbrev.)    PA  
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