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

a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself

(law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them

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Now, the probation officer is trying to get the judge to suspend sentence.
If, during the year of probation, he failed to justify the confidence placed in him -- a confidence which had led Mr.
Then the aspirant must not only be tested in those labours and dangers and pleasures which we mentioned before, but there is another kind of probation which we did not mention--he must be exercised also in many kinds of knowledge, to see whether the soul will be able to endure the highest of all, will faint under them, as in any other studies and exercises.
To others, it represented a recognized state of probation before their re-entree into civilization again.
Legree stood aghast, and looked at Tom; and there was such a silence, that the tick of the old clock could be heard, measuring, with silent touch, the last moments of mercy and probation to that hardened heart.
After all," she said, "I suppose it is a period of probation.
We were then at a full stand; for whatever shrewd suspicions we might entertain, we had no shadow of probation.
That tribute, which it would seem nations must ever pay, by way of a weary probation, around the shrine of Ceres, before they can be indulged in her fullest favours, is in some measure exacted in America, from the descendant instead of the ancestor.