parole

noun
pa·role | \pə-ˈrōl \

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

The bill also says a conviction of terrorism is punishable by life imprisonment without parole. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018 In 2015, McCasland was tried for second-degree murder and convicted; he was eventually sentenced to life without parole. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Holmes faces up to life in federal prison without parole. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC man known as 'Peckerwood' guilty of kidnapping, torturing victim in a basement," 10 July 2018 Cook was later able to participate in a parole hearing after 18 months in prison. Peter Flax, Outside Online, "Why Is It So Hard to Charge Motorists with Murder?," 15 May 2018 Kristopher Ertmann's next parole hearing is set for May 24, 2018. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Brutal throat slashing of Utah mom takes investigation on an unexpected path," 5 May 2018 Neelley retains her right to request a future parole hearing. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Judith Ann Neelley waives parole hearing in teen's brutal 1982 rape, murder," 1 May 2018 Today Gordon refuses contact with lawyers and declines to attend parole hearings. Patrick Flanary, Billboard, "Derek and the Dominos' Jim Gordon, Jailed for Killing His Mom, Denied Parole for Fear 'He'd Hurt Somebody Else'," 30 Apr. 2018 The day before Cox’s parole hearing, a prison staffer noticed his head injury. Rebecca Boone, idahostatesman, "In prison for DUI, he shared a cell with a murderer — and now, he’s dead | Idaho Statesman," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perry spent 10 years in prison before being paroled. Fox News, "26 years after conviction, 2 exonerated in false rape claim," 8 May 2018 The decision to parole the parents of the younger children was announced hours before the Flores decision was issued. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 Bell had requested to be paroled in California to be closer to his family. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Wife of cop killer plunged to her death, coroner's office rules," 22 June 2018 After serving 62 months in prison for the murder conspiracy, Townley was paroled in 1983 and placed in the federal witness protection program. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Seymour Glanzer, an original Watergate prosecutor, dies at 91," 31 May 2018 Jones served both sentences concurrently and was due to be paroled in March, as per a law designed to reduce prison crowding. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Child killer Genene Jones to receive psychological evaluation," 30 May 2018 Those parents are in immigration custody and will be paroled into the community with ankle monitoring bracelets to await their immigration cases. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 Piche, who was also convicted, was paroled in 1983. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville's 'Pine Village massacre' shooter, convicted of killing 5, granted parole," 26 Apr. 2018 Jenkins, who was living with his mother after being paroled on an aggravated assault charge from 2005 according to court records, was nowhere to be found when his mother’s body was discovered. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-con was on cocaine, PCP when ‘voices’ told him to kill his 79-year-old mom, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018

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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

Noun

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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parole

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of parole

: an early release of a prisoner

parole

noun
pa·role | \pə-ˈrōl \

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 \

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

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