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Definition of "probate" []

  • The process of legally establishing the validity of a will before a judicial authority. (noun)
  • Judicial certification of the validity of a will. (noun)
  • An authenticated copy of a will so certified. (noun)
  • To establish the validity of (a will) by probate. (verb-transitive)
  • Of or relating to probate or to a probate court: probate law; a probate judge. (adjective)
  • The act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate (noun)
  • The probate copy of a will (noun)
  • (in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or concerned with probate (noun)
  • To establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will) (verb)

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Use "probate" in a sentence
  • "There is in every county a probate court held by a _judge of probate_, whose duties relate to the proving of wills and the settling of the estates of persons deceased."
  • "Nor can you get a jury trial in probate and child support cases."
  • "After his wife died, his assets became tied up in probate and divorce proceedings."