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[proh-beyt] /ˈproʊ beɪt/
Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
an officially certified copy of a will so proved.
of or pertaining to probate or a probate court.
verb (used with object), probated, probating.
to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
Law. to put (an offender) on probation.
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples for probate
  • What the executrix in that situation has to face otherwise is between her and the probate court.
  • By making the gift, you may reduce future estate taxes and probate costs.
  • That's where you put your money that is in excess of the exemption from estate and probate taxes and fees.
  • The use of a revocable living trust is often touted as a way to avoid the time and expense of probate.
  • My dad's estate is worth little and it did not need to go to probate.
  • The case then was returned to probate court, where he again won.
  • Curtis, the chewing gum manufacturer, was filed for probate today.
  • Tammany contractor and builder, be admitted to probate.
  • The late starlet's will is currently being reviewed in probate court.
  • Although probate inventories provide suggestive data, they probably understate actual levels of gun ownership.
British Dictionary definitions for probate


/ˈprəʊbɪt; -beɪt/
the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
  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
(in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
(modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probate probate value, a probate court
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)
Word Origin
C15: from Latin probāre to inspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for probate
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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