Part of speech: noun

Formal, official, legal proof, as of a will.

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Usage examples "probate":

  1. Thus the estates of gentlemen who happened to incur Mr. Allison's disapproval were usually left in excellent condition and gave little trouble to the probate courts. - "The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier", Edgar Beecher Bronson.
  2. My dear Meeson, if you came to me as a friend I should be happy to give you any legal information in my power, and I flatter myself that I know something of matters connected with probate. - "Mr. Meeson's Will", H. Rider Haggard.
  3. Real estate in another State can be affected by probate proceedings only if they take place there, by its authority. - "The American Judiciary", Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD.