parole

noun
pa·​role | \ pə-ˈrōl How to pronounce parole (audio) \

Definition of parole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : a watchword given only to officers of the guard and of the day
3 : a conditional release of a prisoner serving an indeterminate or unexpired sentence
4a : language viewed as a specific individual usage : performance
b : a linguistic act — compare langue

parole

verb
paroled; paroling

Definition of parole (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to release (a prisoner) on parole

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Other Words from parole

Noun

parole adjective

Examples of parole in a Sentence

Noun The prisoner will be eligible for parole after three years. She robbed a bank while out on parole. The prisoner was released on parole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Allen sentenced the 36-year-old Anderson Township man to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Convicted child rapist sentenced to life in prison. Victim calls him 'a monster'," 2 Dec. 2019 The judge gave her the same sentence as the man who pulled the trigger: life without the possibility of parole. Jill Mccorkel, The Conversation, "Mothers in prison aren’t likely to see their families this Thanksgiving – or any other day," 22 Nov. 2019 MacCormack, 31, faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole. BostonGlobe.com, "Husband found guilty in slaying of Lynn elementary school teacher," 18 Nov. 2019 Frazee was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee found guilty of first-degree murder in death of his fiancée," 18 Nov. 2019 He was sentenced in 1988 to two consecutive life terms with the possibility of parole. oregonlive, "Deschutes County DA, victims’ family clash over killer Mark Wilson’s future," 15 Nov. 2019 All 12 jurors will have to recommend capital punishment for the Marine veteran to be sent to death row instead of being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Everett Miller trial: Expert says Marine veteran sought help from VA days before killing 2 Kissimmee cops," 12 Nov. 2019 Jurors also could have recommended life in prison with no possibility of parole. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury recommends death penalty for ‘Boy Next Door Killer’," 18 Oct. 2019 His defense team has offered a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole, but only if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Parkland shooter's death penalty trial set to begin in January," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was paroled in July from state prison after being convicted of a drive-by shooting on Potrero Hill. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Orinda Airbnb shooting had multiple gunmen: ‘It was a bloodbath’," 15 Nov. 2019 Roughly 200 people are paroled to Wayne County each month. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "The question you shouldn't see on most Detroit rental applications anymore," 1 Nov. 2019 He was paroled in 2017 and sent to Florida to serve time for a 2006 conviction involving a car-theft ring while he was imprisoned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘White Boy Rick’ scheduled for early Florida prison release," 12 Oct. 2019 Castaneda was convicted in 2009 of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison, corrections officials said. Washington Post, "Suspect in deadly California rampage pleads not guilty," 9 Aug. 2019 According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Sylvester was paroled from state prison on Oct. 29, 2018. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Felon with 19 previous charges jailed in shooting death of accomplice during Birmingham holdup," 20 June 2019 Fromme, who said she hadn’t intended to kill the president, was convicted, sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 2009. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Living on the streets, dying on the streets," 5 Sep. 2019 Castaneda was convicted in 2009 of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison, corrections officials said. Washington Post, "Suspect in deadly California rampage pleads not guilty," 9 Aug. 2019 Castaneda was convicted in 2009 of spousal abuse and paroled after serving about a year in prison, corrections officials said. Amy Taxin, chicagotribune.com, "Man ‘full of anger’ kills 4 people, wounds 2 in random stabbing and robbery spree in California, police say," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of parole

Noun

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parole

Noun

French, speech, parole, from Middle French, from Late Latin parabola speech — more at parable

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Time Traveler for parole

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The first known use of parole was in 1531

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Parole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parole. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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parole

noun
How to pronounce parole (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

parole

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parole (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release (a prisoner) on parole

parole

noun
pa·​role | \ pə-ˈrōl How to pronounce parole (audio) \

Kids Definition of parole

: an early release of a prisoner

parole

noun
pa·​role | \ pə-ˈrōl How to pronounce parole (audio) \

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

Other Words from parole

parolable adjective
parole transitive verb paroled; paroling

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parole

noun
pa·​role | \ pə-ˈrōl How to pronounce parole (audio) \

Legal Definition of parole

: a conditional release of a prisoner who has served part of a sentence and who remains under the control of and in the legal custody of a parole authority — compare probation

History and Etymology for parole

Old French, speech, word, prisoner's word of honor to fulfill stated conditions, from Late Latin parabola speech, parable, from Greek parabolē comparison

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