Definition of probationary in US English:

probationary

adjective

  • 1Relating to a process of testing or observing the character or abilities of a person who is new to a role or job.

    ‘she recently completed her two-year probationary period with the police’
    • ‘He is subject to a 12-month probationary period.’
    • ‘A probationary faculty member was notified in December that he would not be retained.’
    • ‘The class will resume on a probationary basis.’
    • ‘He was employed on a probationary basis for one week in one of our software companies.’
    • ‘On completion of your three month probationary period, you will be eligible for admission into pension scheme.’
    • ‘The first 3 months of your employment will be a probationary period.’
    • ‘I started in September as a probationary technical operator.’
    • ‘The probationary firefighters took part in a rigorous, 23-week training program.’
    • ‘The board was given powers to suspend and remove probationary representatives.’
    • ‘He became a probationary member of the club but was rejected when he applied for full membership.’
    1. 1.1Law Relating to the release of an offender from detention subject to a period of good behavior under supervision.
      ‘he received a two-year probationary sentence’
      • ‘The judge may not have the discretion under the federal sentencing guidelines to impose a probationary sentence.’
      • ‘His accomplices received probationary sentences.’
      • ‘He was sentenced to 10 years detention in a young offenders' institution with a further probationary sentence of five years.’
      • ‘The court handed him a suspended sentence of two months in prison, with a probationary term of five years.’
      • ‘Offenders who were required to spend time in a halfway house or in a treatment facility at the start of their probationary term were also excluded.’

Pronunciation

probationary

/prōˈbāSHəˌnerē//proʊˈbeɪʃəˌnɛri/