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


paroled; paroling

Definition of parole (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to release (a prisoner) on parole

Other Words from parole


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Strugg is eligible for parole consideration Dec. 1, prison records show. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 If convicted as charged and the jury finds the enhancements to be true, Chou would face a sentence of either life in prison without possibility of parole or the death penalty, Spitzer said. Stefanie Dazio,, 17 May 2022 Under the new measures, the administration will increase capacity at the consulate and reinstate a family reunification parole program. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 More than 150 were granted parole in each of the last two years. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency reviewed petitions from Dixon more than a dozen times and denied parole. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 The complaint alleges Major committed the stabbings while on parole from state prison. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Sundiata Acoli is in his mid-80s and had had several parole bids rejected previously. David Porter, ajc, 10 May 2022 The Biden administration on Monday announced that nearly 6,000 Ukrainians have already been approved to enter the United States through a new parole scheme announced by the Biden administration last month. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ward said the goal is to help parole violators with the underlying causes that can lead to new crimes and a return to prison, such as substance abuse and mental health problems. Mike Cason |, al, 9 Feb. 2022 The first to be rejected was Jeffrey Mears, who voted to parole Paula Sims, a woman convicted in 1990 of killing her two daughters, and Zelma King, who was convicted of three homicides. Jeremy Gorner,, 7 Apr. 2022 Parole commissioners say Frederick Woods, 70, no longer is a danger to the public; previous panels had denied him parole 17 times. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Tony Lambert sits on a hotel room bed poring over YouTube videos of tiny home renderings, an ankle monitor under his sweatpants pinging his location to parole and probation officers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 Here are other changes proposed in the bill: Changes to parole and probation conditions, such as aligning supervision conditions with state, not federal, drug laws. oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 Newsom on Thursday refused to parole the man convicted of gunning down Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, a brazen assassination of a presidential candidate that scarred the nation and altered the course of American politics in the 1960s. Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 Kennedy’s wife, Ethel Kennedy, publicly declared her opposition to parole in September, and she was joined by six of her nine surviving children. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The guidelines assign a score to parole candidates based on factors such as seriousness of the offense, risk of reoffending, discipline record in prison, participation in programs, and others. Mike Cason |, al, 28 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of parole


1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parole


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

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19 May 2022

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“Parole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for parole


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

Kids Definition of parole

: an early release of a prisoner


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


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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