pro·ba·tion [proh-bey-shuhn] Show IPA noun 1. the act of testing. 2. the testing or trial of a person's conduct, character, qualifications, or the like. 3. the state or period of such testing or trial. 4. Law. a. a method of dealing with offenders, especially young persons guilty of minor crimes or first offenses, by allowing them to go at large under supervision of a probation officer. b. the state of having been conditionally released. 5. Education . a trial period or condition of students in certain educational institutions who are being permitted to redeem failures, misconduct, etc.
It when someone is not in jail but is on watch. so for example if i got caught stealing and they put me on probation for idk 2 months they're going to watch me and make sure i don't do it again and if i do do it again, then i'll be severely reprimanded.