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 But he was sentenced to life in prison without parole by 19 after being caught by authorities with 16 pounds of cocaine. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Richard 'White Boy Rick' Wershe Jr. to be released from Florida prison," 24 May 2020 Gardner said, referring to the 5-4 decision in 2012 that struck down state laws requiring life-without-parole sentences for the most serious crimes by juveniles. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom proposes closing youth prisons as crime drops and coronavirus drains budget," 24 May 2020 Smith—who now works for the First 72+, a nonprofit that helps people adjust to life after incarceration—worried about his friends who were still inside, among them an older man with Stage IV colon cancer who was nearing parole. Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, "Will the Coronavirus Make Us Rethink Mass Incarceration?," 18 May 2020 Dougherty said officers used parole worksheets in use since 2017 and not any other forms during the review. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "ICE asked migrant parents whether they wished to be separated from their children, agency tells court," 16 May 2020 Smith was 17 years old when he was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison with his first chance at parole in 23 years, according to court records. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Inmates sue Gov. DeWine over deadly coronavirus outbreaks in Ohio prisons, seek release of thousands prisoners," 15 May 2020 Since then, over 27,000 such inmates have been released on bail or parole. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India decongests its jails to check coronavirus but political prisoners are still locked up," 13 May 2020 Whether the defendant is on probation, a community control sanction, parole, post-release control, bail, or under a court protection order. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Records show large range of bond amounts for stabbing cases as brothers face charges," 10 May 2020 An official with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office told NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston that Kelsey could face life without parole or the death penalty if convicted. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Suspect in 3 Houston killings arrested, charged with murder," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After he was paroled, Mr. Guadalupe moved into a federal halfway house in the Bronx. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Feel Like You’re in Prison? These Trainers Actually Were," 14 Apr. 2020 Clair spent 17 years in prison on a murder conviction before she was paroled in 1976. USA TODAY, "Leaning Tower of Dallas, John Glenn, blue lobster: News from around our 50 states," 20 Feb. 2020 Craig also said Parks was first arrested at age 14 for a home invasion and that he was paroled this year after serving about eight years in prison for a weapons conviction. chicagotribune.com, "Man, 28, charged with killing Detroit police Officer Rasheen McClain with assault rifle," 3 Dec. 2019 Volunteer attorneys attempted to get the mother and son paroled into the U.S. based on their experience, but U.S. officials denied them and sent them back to Matamoros a second time. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Aid groups are trying to help asylum seekers stranded at U.S.-Mexico border. COVID-19 makes that much harder," 18 Apr. 2020 In addition, any business with an owner with at least a 20 percent stake who is on probation, paroled or incarcerated, or was convicted of a felony in the past five years may not receive PPP funds. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Stop moralizing bailouts, assistance to poor — not just in COVID-19 relief but in all assistance programs," 17 Apr. 2020 After spending 23 years behind bars, Lewis was paroled in 2018, Sheriff Allen said. NBC News, "Woman found murdered on same Snowden property at Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, where mother was killed nearly 24 years earlier," 26 Mar. 2020 Anderson served about four months in prison in New Jersey on weapons charges and was paroled in 2011, authorities said. Jim Mustian, Twin Cities, "Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack," 12 Dec. 2019 Anderson served about four months in prison in New Jersey on weapons charges and was paroled in 2011, authorities said. David Porter, Anchorage Daily News, "Fears mount that Jersey City shootings were an anti-Semitic attack," 11 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for parole

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The first known use of parole was in 1531

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parole. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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