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probation
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

5 uses
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Definition
a period of testing (especially of person)
in various senses, including:
  • a period during which a criminal does not have to be in prison as long as they demonstrate good behavior and obey special restrictions
  • a period during which a new employee is tried out on the job and during which the employee does not have all the privileges of a regular employee
  • a period during which a student's grades or behavior must improve to prevent being kicked out of school
  • They merely waited, and when his probation was up and nothing to stop him, he would be gone.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (73% in)
probation = a period of time during which a criminal who has been released from prison must comply with special conditions
  • The Chief of Police—it was then Fred Clumly—would sit in his office in front of the cellblock and talk about it with whoever happened to be there—one of his men or Judge Sam White or May Bunce from Probation.
    1 — The Watchdog (1% in)
  • He lived outside time, indifferent to the wisdom of age or the rights of station, indifferent even to that studied and fatuous indifference of people like Miss Bunce, the probation officer, whose every gesture was a parody of people like Hodge.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (70% in)
  • There was no more question of waiting out the probation.
    2 — When the Exorcist Shall Go to the House of the Patient... (85% in)
  • When the Presbyterian minister came to visit him, he'd go right on reading, and even when May Bunce came, from Probation, he ignored her.
    23 — E silentio (86% in)

There are no more uses of "probation" in The Sunlight Dialogues.

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