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probation

noun [U]
 
 
/prəʊˈbeɪʃən/
HR the period during which a new employee is watched closely to see if they are suitable for their job: Many organizations operate a three-month probation period before making a position permanent.
WORKPLACE the period during which a company, an employee, etc. is given a chance to improve their work or actions: place/put sb on probation He was put on probation and disciplined for lying about his expenses.
LAW a situation in which a criminal is allowed to stay out of prison if they do not commit any more crimes and follow particular rules: get/be given/receive probation He pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and was given probation.
(Definition of probation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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