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 According to Ali, most paroles are denied even for individuals who have family ties and no criminal history. Fox News, "Louisiana the new go-to spot for ICE detainees," 8 Nov. 2019 Desperate, her mother called Diaz’s parole agent to ask for help, to find a place where her daughter would be safe. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 If convicted, Rana, now 22, faces life in prison without the possibility of paroleElizabeth Zavala covers county and state courts in San Antonio. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Man who confessed to killing infant son then recanted is on trial, accused of capital murder," 5 Nov. 2019 After obtaining recommendation for parole by the Board of Parole, prisoners are typically approved by the governor and released roughly 120 to 150 days after the recommendation. NBC News, "Advocates rally around former Cambodian refugee who faces deportation," 1 Nov. 2019 She was granted parole after 39 months and later made her home in Switzerland. oregonlive, "Ma Anand Sheela, of Oregon’s Rajneesh saga and ‘Wild Wild Country’ fame, will star in new Netflix documentary," 1 Nov. 2019 And, after winning early parole and apparently spilling a long list of heinous crimes to Brandt, Sheeran died in 2003, six months before the release of Brandt’s explosive book. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie The Irishman," 31 Oct. 2019 Members of a US Marshals Service task force, Springfield and Ware police, the state’s parole department, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest. BostonGlobe.com, "A suspected street gang member who allegedly shot a man in the neck last year, leaving him partially paralyzed, was arrested Friday morning in Ware, State Police said.," 26 Oct. 2019 Roughly 10 years of arrest and parole data was analyzed, said Michael Negron, assistant director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "New marijuana store licenses: Residents of 681 Illinois census tracts can get a leg up on applications. Are you eligible? Here’s which areas qualify, and why.," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Spencer had a long criminal record and several run-ins with the law after he was paroled. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Charlie Graddick says it will take weeks to resume parole hearings," 9 Sep. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of parole was in 1531

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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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