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probation

noun [U]     /prəˈbeɪ.ʃən/ US  /proʊ-/
a period of time when a criminal must behave well and not commit any more crimes in order to avoid being sent to prison : He was fined and given two years ' probation. The judge put him on probation for two years . He served a year in prison and was then let out on probation.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating a period of time at the start of a new job when you are watched and tested to see if you are suitable for the job : a period of probationEmployment status and types of workExams, tests and exercises US a period of time in which a student who has behaved badly must improve their work or behaviour in order to stay in a school : Gene's on probation this semester .Schools in general probationary     /-ər.i/ US  /-er.i/ adjective a probationary period Testing, checking and experimenting
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