Definitions for: Probate


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.
[Eng.]


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.

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

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