from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of legally establishing the validity of a will before a judicial authority.
  • n. Judicial certification of the validity of a will.
  • n. An authenticated copy of a will so certified.
  • transitive v. To establish the validity of (a will) by probate.
  • adj. Of or relating to probate or to a probate court: probate law; a probate judge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The legal process of verifying the legality of a will.
  • n. A copy of a legally recognised and qualified will.
  • n. Short for probate court.
  • v. To establish the legality of (a will).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or belonging to a probate, or court of probate.
  • n. Proof.
  • n.
  • n. Official proof; especially, the proof before a competent officer or tribunal that an instrument offered, purporting to be the last will and testament of a person deceased, is indeed his lawful act; the copy of a will proved, under the seal of the Court of Probate, delivered to the executors with a certificate of its having been proved.
  • n. The right or jurisdiction of proving wills.
  • transitive v. To obtain the official approval of, as of an instrument purporting to be the last will and testament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proved; approved.
  • Relating to the proof or establishment of wills and testaments: as, probate duties.
  • n. Proof.
  • n. In law, official proof of a will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
  • n. a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
  • n. the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
  • v. establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)


Middle English probat, from Latin probātum, neuter past participle of probāre, to prove; see prove.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin probatus, past participle of probare ("to test, examine, judge of"); see probe, prove. (Wiktionary)



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