- the conditional release of a person from prison prior to the end of the maximum sentence imposed.
- such release or its duration.
- an official document authorizing such a release.
- the promise, usually written, of a prisoner of war, that if released he or she either will return to custody at a specified time or will not again take up arms against his or her captors.
- (formerly) any password given by authorized personnel in passing by a guard.
verb (used with object), pa·roled, pa·rol·ing.
Origin of parole1
Examples from the Web for parole
Contemporary Examples of parole
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
As a free man, even on parole, I can sense that my life has value again.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
A series of judges and parole officers had ordered him to go as an alternative to jail.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
October 24, 2014
When convicted, those children can receive sentences as severe as life without the possibility of parole.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too
October 6, 2014
But the law explicitly stated that a resulting life sentence was to be without even the possibility of parole.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of parole
Give me leave for three days on parole, and I will see you fully satisfied.Captain Blood
This parole he broke, landing from Europe at Vera Cruz in 1824.
After reigning for a twelvemonth, he was banished from Mexico on parole never to return.
If he could be released from parole he would do loyal service for his country.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
I gave my parole, and was allowed to come here to nurse him.A War-Time Wooing
- the freeing of a prisoner before his sentence has expired, on the condition that he is of good behaviour
- the duration of such conditional release
- conditionally released from detention
- informal(of a person) under scrutiny, esp for a recurrence of an earlier shortcoming
Word Origin for parole
1610s, "word of honor," especially "promise by a prisoner of war not to escape," from French parole "word, speech" (in parole d'honneur "word of honor") from Vulgar Latin *paraula "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola (see parable). Sense of "conditional release of a prisoner before full term" is first attested 1908 in criminal slang.
1716, from parole (n.). Originally it was what the prisoner did ("pledge"); its transitive meaning "put on parole" is first attested 1782. Related: Paroled; paroling.