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probation

noun [U]  us   /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.
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