English to English
1. a trial period during which your character and abilities are tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for membership
2. a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem himself or herself
3. (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court
probation is part of the sentencing process
4. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof.