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parol

[ puh-rohl, par-uhl ]
/ pəˈroʊl, ˈpær əl /
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noun

something stated or declared.
by parol, by word of mouth; orally.

adjective

given by word of mouth; oral; not contained in documents: parol evidence.

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Origin of parol

First recorded in 1470–80; earlier parole, Anglo-French, Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin paraula, syncopated variant of unattested paravola, from Latin parabola parable; cf. parley
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British Dictionary definitions for parol

parol
/ (ˈpærəl, pəˈrəʊl) law /

noun

(formerly) the pleadings in an action when presented by word of mouth
an oral statement; word of mouth (now only in the phrase by parol)

adjective

  1. (of a contract, lease, etc) made orally or in writing but not under seal
  2. expressed or given by word of mouthparol evidence
C15: from Old French parole speech; see parole
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