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English definition of “probation”

probation

noun [U]    /proʊˈbeɪ·ʃən/
a period during which a person’s behavior or performance on a job or in a school is watched closely to see whether the person does well enough to stay : I’m on probation this semester , so I’ve really got to study hard. Probation for criminals is the condition of being allowed freedom if they commit no more crimes and follow certain rules .
(Definition of probation noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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