"probates" in the noun sense
1. probate, probate will
a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
"probates" in the verb sense
put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
establish the legal validity of (wills and other documents)
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