What does the word probate mean?

Usage examples for probate

  1. 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 by H. Rider Haggard
  2. Real estate in another State can be affected by probate proceedings only if they take place there, by its authority. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD