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

Leon Jacob will be eligible for parole in the year 2047. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Houston doctor charged in murder-for-hire plot goes to trial," 6 July 2019 Both men have been up for parole since 2005 and have been denied every two years. Fox News, "'So hideous' that 16-year-old New York girl's killer is being released, Pataki says in plea to Cuomo," 4 July 2019 Pineda, who was treated at a local hospital and released June 29, is wanted on outstanding warrants in Gonzales and Nueces counties and for parole violation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Friendswood police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Burglary suspect injured in crash after police pursuit," 3 July 2019 The government also argued that even without bond hearings, detained asylum-seekers would still have another avenue for release: a request to an immigration officer for parole. Gene Johnson, Twin Cities, "Federal judge blocks Trump administration policy that would keep asylum seekers locked up," 2 July 2019 Under the policy, detained asylum-seekers would still have another avenue for release: a request to an immigration officer for parole. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Judge asked to block new U.S. policy keeping asylum-seekers locked up," 29 June 2019 Robinson, who was convicted of first-degree murder, is not eligible for parole until 2056. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "They killed a Fort Lauderdale police officer 45 years ago. Now, they’re seeking parole.," 19 June 2019 He was sentenced to a mere six-and-a-half years, becoming eligible for parole in three. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'16 Shots': Film Review," 7 June 2019 Under German law, Hoegel cannot serve consecutive life sentences, but new convictions may prohibit him from being eligible for parole within the next several years. Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "German nurse sentenced for killing 85 patients," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Disheartened by the rejections, and by the news that none of the 20 other men in his network who were paroled around the same time had found housing either, Bonner started sleeping in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Camry. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "From behind bars to … the streets? Bay Area residents with records struggle to find housing," 21 June 2019 When Lacosse was paroled last year after a prison term for a fatal hit-and-run crash, that company welcomed him back on a probationary period. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit job fair to offer second chance to the formerly incarcerated," 20 June 2019 Lewis was initially paroled in 1983 but was sent back to prison in 1993 for grand theft auto. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "They killed a Fort Lauderdale police officer 45 years ago. Now, they’re seeking parole.," 19 June 2019 Under the measure, certain offenders must receive the medication before they are paroled from prison. CBS News, "Alabama approves chemical castration for some sex offenders," 11 June 2019 He was transferred to a federal hospital in Springfield, Missouri, and paroled, thanks to intervention by President Franklin Roosevelt after a visit from high-level San Antonio politicians. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Prominent businessman on San Antonio’s East Side was both lawbreaker and benefactor," 8 June 2019 He was paroled in 1985 and returned to the St. Louis area. Fox News, "Convicted pedophile charged in 1993 kidnapping, murder of 9-year-old Missouri girl," 6 June 2019 Velasquez, known by his nickname Popeye, was paroled in 2014 after confessing to hundreds of murders and spending 22 years in jail for plotting the murder of a former Colombian presidential candidate. Fox News, "Colombia re-arrests Pablo Escobar's hitman for extortion," 25 May 2018 During that time, prisoners have received life terms with the possibility they could be paroled if the governor signed off — and Blumberg’s commission has recommended release in some cases. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, "Who will stay, who will go free? The question at the heart of a parole commissioner’s job," 19 Mar. 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

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The first known use of parole was in 1531

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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 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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