Definition of Probate

1. Noun. A judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate.

Exact synonyms: Probate Will
Generic synonyms: Certificate, Certification, Credential, Credentials
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

2. Verb. Put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence.

3. Noun. The act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements.
Generic synonyms: Proof, Substantiation, Validation

4. Verb. Establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents).
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Formalise, Formalize, Validate
Derivative terms: Probative

Definition of Probate

1. n. Proof.

2. a. Of or belonging to a probate, or court of probate; as, a probate record.

3. v. t. To obtain the official approval of, as of an instrument purporting to be the last will and testament; as, the executor has probated the will.

Definition of Probate

1. Noun. (legal) The legal process of verifying the legality of a will. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) A copy of a legally recognised and qualified will. ¹

3. Noun. (short for probate court) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To establish the legality of (''a will''). ¹

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Definition of Probate

1. to establish the validity of [v -BATED, -BATING, -BATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Probate

probable cause
probate (current term)
probate court
probate courts
probate will
probation officer
probationary period

Literary usage of Probate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"The lapse of time intervening between the probate and the initiation of this petition is no bar. Such proceeding is not an action. Se Hunte? ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"In this state equity has no general jurisdiction, nor jurisdiction given by statute, to set aside a will and the probate thereof, for alleged fraud in the ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"In some of the older States, as in England, the probate of a will has no effect upon devises of real estate therein, except, perhaps, to stand as prima fame ..."

4. A Treatise on Wills by Thomas Jarman, Leopold George Gordon Robbins, Melville Madison Bigelow (1893)
"Effect of probate. — The granting of probate is conclusive as to the testamentary character of the instrument in reference to personalty (y).1 Everything ..."

5. Introduction to American Law: Designed as a First Book for Students by Timothy Walker, Clement Bates (1887)
"probate, (c) A will is of no effect until probate has been made. For this purpose, the executor, or any person interested, may bring the will before the ..."

6. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, Council of Safety (Conn.)., James Hammond Trumbull, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1881)
"This Assembly do appoint Joseph Spencer, Esqr, to be Judge of the Court of probate for the district of East Haddam for the year ensuing. ..."

7. The Law of Contracts by Theophilus Parsons (1866)
"stamp, provided no term intervenes between the teste and the day on which it is ultimately made returnable, (v) SECTION X. STAMPS ON probate AND ..."

8. The Australian Digest by Great Britain Privy Council. Judicial Committee (1900)
"Held, that probate of the will should be granted to the executors. ... probate—Execution of Will—Holograph will—Signature of testator in alteration clause ..."

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