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Meaning of PROBATE

Pronunciation:  'prowbeyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
  2. [n]  a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
  3. [v]  establish the legal validity of; as of a will, etc.
  4. [v]  put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence

PROBATE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: probate will
 See Also: certificate, certification, credential, credentials, defer, formalise, formalize, hold over, postpone, proof, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, substantiation, table, validate, validation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pro"bate\, n. [From L. probatus, p. p. of probare to
    prove. See {Prove}.]
    1. Proof. [Obs.] --Skelton.
    2. (Law)
       (a) Official proof; especially, the proof before a
           competent officer or tribunal that an instrument
           offered, purporting to be the last will and testament
           of a person deceased, is indeed his lawful act; the
           copy of a will proved, under the seal of the Court of
           Probate, delivered to the executors with a certificate
           of its having been proved. --Bouvier. --Burrill.
       (b) The right or jurisdiction of proving wills.
  2. \Pro"bate\, a.
    Of or belonging to a probate, or court of probate; as, a
    probate record.
    {Probate Court}, or {Court of Probate}, a court for the
       probate of wills.
    {Probate duty}, a government tax on property passing by will.
  3. \Pro"bate\, 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.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Court proceeding by which a will is proved valid or invalid. Term used to mean all proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates such as the process by which assets are gathered; applied to pay debts, taxes, and expenses of administration; and distributed to those designated as beneficiaries in the will. Conducted in states courts.