noun \pə-ˈrōl\

: permission given to a prisoner to leave prison before the end of a sentence usually as a reward for behaving well

Full Definition of PAROLE

:  a promise made with or confirmed by a pledge of one's honor; especially :  the promise of a prisoner of war to fulfill stated conditions in consideration of his release
:  a watchword given only to officers of the guard and of the day
:  a conditional release of a prisoner serving an indeterminate or unexpired sentence
a :  language viewed as a specific individual usage :  performance
b :  a linguistic act — compare langue
parole adjective

Examples of PAROLE

  1. The prisoner will be eligible for parole after three years.
  2. She robbed a bank while out on parole.
  3. The prisoner was released on parole.

Origin of PAROLE

French, speech, parole, from Middle French, from Late Latin parabola speech — more at parable
First Known Use: 1531

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi



: to release (a prisoner) on parole


Full Definition of PAROLE

transitive verb
:  to release (a prisoner) on parole

First Known Use of PAROLE


Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


noun \pə-ˈrōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PAROLE

: a conditional release given to a psychiatric patient in a hospital before discharge enabling the patient to visit freely various designated areas on the hospital grounds or beyond its limits
pa·rol·able adjective
parole transitive verb, pa·roled pa·rol·ing


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Supervised conditional liberty from prison granted prior to the expiration of a prisoner's sentence. Modern use of parole stems from a change in penal philosophy to emphasize rehabilitation rather than retribution. In some jurisdictions, those convicted of certain crimes (e.g., rape or murder) are not eligible for parole. Conditions of parole vary, but in all cases their violation may constitute grounds for reincarceration. Parole supervision ranges from little more than a periodic police check to intensive supervision by trained personnel. See also probation.


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