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probation

pro·ba·tion

probation

 
 
pronunciation:
pro beI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a trial period or process, as of one's qualifications or for redeeming past failures.
definition 2: the supervised release of a convict from jail or prison for a certain period of time, which is considered a trial period before full release.
a thief on probation
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derivations: probational (adj.), probationary (adj.)
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