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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pro·ba·tion /proˈbeʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·ba·tion n.
 1. The act of proving; also, that which proves anything; proof. [Obs.]
    When by miracle God dispensed great gifts to the laity, . . . he gave probation that he intended that all should prophesy and preach.   --Jer. Taylor.
 2. Any proceeding designed to ascertain truth, to determine character, qualification, etc.; examination; trial; as, to engage a person on probation. Hence, specifically: (a) The novitiate which a person must pass in a convent, to probe his or her virtue and ability to bear the severities of the rule. (b) The trial of a ministerial candidate's qualifications prior to his ordination, or to his settlement as a pastor. (c) Moral trial; the state of man in the present life, in which he has the opportunity of proving his character, and becoming qualified for a happier state.
    No [view of human life] seems so reasonable as that which regards it as a state of probation.   --Paley.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a trial period during which your character and abilities are
           tested to see whether you are suitable for work or for
      2: a trial period during which an offender has time to redeem
         himself or herself
      3: (law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning
         them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by
         the court without imprisonment subject to conditions
         imposed by the court; "probation is part of the sentencing