apprenticeship, examination, initiation, novitiate, test, trial, trial period
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1 n-uncount Probation is a period of time during which a person who has committed a crime has to obey the law and be supervised by a probation officer, rather than being sent to prison.
The thief was put on probation for two years.
2 n-uncount Probation is a period of time during which someone is judging your character and ability while you work, in order to see if you are suitable for that type of work. Employee appointment to the Council will be subject to a term of probation of 6 months...
probation officer ( probation officers plural ) A probation officer is a person whose job is to supervise and help people who have committed crimes and been put on probation. n-count
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