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probation

noun [U] uk   /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
adjective uk   /-ər.i/ us    /-er.i/
a probationary periodTesting, checking and experimenting
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