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parole

noun pa·role \ pə-ˈrōl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of parole

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
4 a :language viewed as a specific individual usage :performance
b :a linguistic act — compare langue

parole

adjective

Examples of parole in a Sentence

  1. The prisoner will be eligible for parole after three years.

  2. She robbed a bank while out on parole.

  3. The prisoner was released on parole.

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Origin and Etymology of parole

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


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parole

verb

Definition of parole

paroled; paroling
transitive verb
:to release (a prisoner) on parole

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First Known Use of parole

1776


PAROLE Defined for English Language Learners

parole

noun

Definition of parole for English Language Learners

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


parole

verb

Definition of parole for English Language Learners

  • : to release (a prisoner) on parole


PAROLE Defined for Kids

parole

noun pa·role \ pə-ˈrōl \

Definition of parole for Students

:an early release of a prisoner

Medical Dictionary

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

parolable

adjective

parole

transitive verb paroled; paroling

Law Dictionary

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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