Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
  2. (noun, act) the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
  3. (verb, stative) put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
  4. (verb, social) establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)

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Synonyms of Probate

probate will

Origin of the word Probate

  1. "official proving of a will," 1463, from L. probatum "a thing proved," neut. of probatus, pp. of probare "to try, test, prove" (see prove). The verb is recorded from 1792. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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