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Dictionary definition for: Probation

1. (n) a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership

2. (n) a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself

3. (n) (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court; "probation is part of the sentencing process"

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