PRONUNCIATION: (ap-roh-BAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: Approval, praise, commendation, or official sanction.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin approbation, from ad- (toward) + probatus, from probare (to test the goodness of). Earliest documented use: 1393.

APT. PROBATION - when you try living in a flat for a month to see how you like it, before you sign the lease

AP-PRONATION - turning the news agency onto its belly

A.B. PROBATION - they announce your degree but don't actually award it to you until you've proved you deserve it