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probate

[proh-beyt] /ˈproʊ beɪt/
noun
1.
Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
2.
an officially certified copy of a will so proved.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to probate or a probate court.
verb (used with object), probated, probating.
4.
to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
5.
Law. to put (an offender) on probation.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English probat < Latin probātum a thing approved, noun use of neuter past participle of probāre to test and find good; see probe, -ate1
Related forms
unprobated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-bate

probate

/ˈprəʊbɪt; -beɪt/
noun
1.
the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
2.
  1. the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
  2. the probate copy of a will
3.
(in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
4.
(modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probate: probate value, a probate court
verb
5.
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
Word Origin
C15: from Latin probāre to inspect
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Word Origin and History for pro-bate

probate

n.

"official proving of a will," c.1400, from Latin probatum "a thing proved," neuter of probatus "tried, tested, proved," past participle of probare "to try, test, prove" (see prove).

v.

1560s, "to prove," from probate (n.) or from Latin probatus, past participle of probare. Specific sense of "prove the genuineness of a will" is from 1792. Related: Probated; probating.

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