- probation pro‧ba‧tion [prəˈbeɪʆn ǁ proʊ-] noun [uncountable]1. HUMAN RESOURCES a period of time during which a new employee is tested to make sure they are suitable for a job:
• At the end of the year I can pass or fail or have my probation extended.
• After a three-month probation period, a Maruwa Orimono recruit is entitled to a car.probation on probation
• The chief executive hired me on probation for three months.2. COMMERCE a fixed period of time during which a person or company must improve their performance if they are to continue working, trading etc:probation place somebody on probation
• Calpers said it was placing Salomon on probation, meaning it could sever all its business ties with the firm.3. LAW a system of dealing with criminals which allows them not to go to prison, if they behave well and see an official adviser regularly, for a fixed period of time:
• Two of the accused were sentenced to prison terms, and the third received 10 months' probation.probation on probation
• The disgraced former regional director was placed on probation for three years.
* * *probation UK US /prəʊˈbeɪʃən/ noun [U]► 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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.