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probation

noun [U]
 
 
/prəʊˈbeɪʃən/
CRIME a period of time when a criminal must behave well and not commit any more crimes in order to avoid being sent to prison: to be on probation Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
WORK 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 jobRecruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
probationary adjective relating to probation: a probationary period Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of probation from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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