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probate

  

      n  
1    the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will  
2   
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    (in the U.S.) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court  
4    modifier   of, relating to, or concerned with probate  
probate value, a probate court     
      vb  
5    tr     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)  
     (C15: from Latin probare to inspect)  


grant of probate  
      n     (Law)   an instrument authorizing an executor to control and dispose of a deceased person's estate if a will has been made  
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