- 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.
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Origin of parole1
OTHER WORDS FROM parolepa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·roled, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for 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|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a free man, even on parole, I can sense that my life has value again.
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|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jillian Keenan|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It began by my informing them these were not offences for which an officer, who had refused his parole, could be punished.The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
If he could be released from parole he would do loyal service for his country.Rodney, the Ranger|John V. Lane
Prisoners of war may be released from captivity by exchange, and, under certain circumstances, also by parole.International Law|George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
Shall a hostage on parole make sketches of a fort and send them to his friends, who in turn pass them on to a foolish general?The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Then, again, we had learned our lesson as regards the men who had given their parole.The War in South Africa|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for parole
- 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