from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person on probation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who is on probation or trial; one who is placed so that he may give proof of certain qualifications for a place or state.
  • noun Specifically — A novice.
  • noun In the Presbyterian churches in Scotland, one who has been licensed to preach, but who has not been ordained or does not hold a pastoral charge.
  • noun In the Meth, Epis. Ch., a candidate for membership received for a specified period on trial before final admission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who is undergoing probation; one who is on trial; a novice.
  • noun Scot. A student in divinity, who, having received certificates of good morals and qualifications from his university, is admitted to several trials by a presbytery, and, on acquitting himself well, is licensed to preach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one who is on probation

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

  • noun someone released on probation or on parole
  • noun a nurse in training who is undergoing a trial period


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