What does the word probation mean?

Usage examples for probation

  1. With the exception of a few whose names are printed in italics, the party consisted of prisoners of the Crown in different stages of probation, with whom the prospect of additional liberty was an incentive so powerful, that no money payment was asked by them or expected, while, from experience, I knew that for such an enterprise as this I could rely on their zealous services. – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales by Thomas Mitchell
  2. I am going to give you one more chance and put you both on probation to Mrs. Purdy, to whom you are to report once a week. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  3. I'm much obliged to you, but I don't want any charity or probation houses in mine. – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009