probation - definition and synonyms

 
noun [uncountable] 

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/prəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
  1. 1
    a system by which someone who has committed a crime is not sent to prison, but has to agree not to break the law again and to let a probation officer check their behaviour for a specific period of time
    place/put someone on probation:

    She received a fine and was placed on probation for four years.

    get/be given probation:

    Harris was given 18 months’ probation.

  2. 2
    a period of time during which someone who has been given a new job is watched to see whether they can do the job well and stay in the position