from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person on probation.
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- n. one who is on probation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is undergoing probation; one who is on trial; a novice.
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Specifically — A novice.
- n. 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.
- n. In the Meth, Epis. Ch., a candidate for membership received for a specified period on trial before final admission.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone released on probation or on parole
- n. a nurse in training who is undergoing a trial period
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He belly flops onto the pavement and the youngest-serving probationer is ordered out of the back of the van to scrape up his bruised, battered and extremely pissed carcass.
The promise by other household occupants to keep the guns from the probationer is simply unenforceable in any practical sense and would leave a massive loophole available for exploitation by all sorts of violent felons who properly should be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
I don’t disagree about the sponsorship argument, but can’t you really read this sort of condition as “probationer is not allowed to live with someone who has guns in the home”?
I know a serving senior officer who is a member of the BPA who when a probationer was called a probationer, not a student, asked the probationer to join the BPA.
"I have even started calling my probationer as a joke my Padawan (Jedi apprentice)," she said, "although I am not sure he likes that."
I began to wonder how long I had been a 'probationer' in the House of Aselzion?
Surely there is not on the face of the Scottish earth a more unoffending, deferential, conciliatory person than a "probationer," who on Saturdays can be seen at every country junction, bag in hand, on his patient errand of
Jeremiah Saunderson had remained in the low estate of a "probationer" for twelve years after he left the Divinity Hall, where he was reported so great a scholar that the Professor of Apologetics spoke to him deprecatingly, and the Professor of Dogmatics openly consulted him on obscure writers.
I believe he became a "probationer," but his creed was never quite settled enough for him to accept "full membership."
"I have even started calling my probationer as a joke my Padawan (Jedi apprentice).