parol

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noun par·ol \ˈper-əl, ˈpa-rəl\

Definition of parol

parol

adjective

Did You Know?

Since the 18th century, parol has been pretty much confined to oral contracts and the realm of law. No longer is anyone likely to refer to the "sweet parols" of a paramour, as in one 16th-century work. Parol brings to mind that other legal word, parole. Both words lack any connection with law in their original form. They come from Latin parabola, which means "parable" or "speech." The Latin, in turn, is from Greek parabole, meaning "comparison." The French created two words (which we then borrowed) from parabola: parol, meaning "spoken words," and parole, for "word of honor." Originally, a parole was a prisoner of war's promise to fulfill certain conditions on consideration of his release.

Origin and Etymology of parol

Middle French parole


First Known Use: 1590


Law Dictionary

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parol

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noun par·ol \ˈpar-əl\

Legal Definition of parol

  1. :  an oral declaration or statement <where the evidence of the gift rests in parolMatter of Cohn, 176 N.Y.S. 225 (1919) (dissent)>

Origin and Etymology of parol

Anglo-French, speech, talk, from Old French parole


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parol

adjective par·ol

Legal Definition of parol

  1. 1 :  executed or made by word of mouth or by a writing not under seal <a parol agreement>

  2. 2a :  given or expressed by word of mouth :  oral as distinguished from written b :  relating to matters outside of a writing


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