- 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.
Origin of parole1
OTHER WORDS FROM parolepa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·rol·a·ble, adjectiveun·pa·roled, adjective
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The day before, he had unsuccessfully tried to amend it to mandate life without parole for capital offenses.With state Senate vote, Virginia moves closer to abolishing death penalty|Laura Vozzella, Gregory S. Schneider|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
Run by Stacey Putka, who used to provide counseling to men on parole, it’s just one of many education schemes—public and private—to help those in US prisons have a better life once they’re not.
In that film, he was responsible for making sure Ant-Man didn’t violate his parole.All the Marvel Clues You Missed in WandaVision's First Two Episodes|Eliana Dockterman|January 15, 2021|Time
A conviction on each charge should come with mandatory jail time — up to five years with no parole, in this case — according to state law.
The Department of Homeland Security should have paroled the family into the United States, so the newborn and his mother could access medical care, he said.Border Patrol Sent a Newborn U.S. Citizen to Mexico|Maya Srikrishnan|July 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.
As a free man, even on parole, I can sense that my life has value again.
They were waiting for the next visit from their children, for the next parole hearing, for any word from the “outside.”During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope|Gene Robinson|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1987, Atkins was married again, to attorney James Whitehouse, who had represented her some of her final parole hearings.Charles Manson, Ted Bundy & Other Notorious Jailhouse Weddings|Caitlin Dickson|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The parole was easily secured, but a week passed before they considered it safe to move Randolph.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The account of the Four Masters, who say nothing of his having given parole, cannot be reconciled with the dates.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3)|Richard Bagwell
Look here; tell her that in view of the delay, it is my judgment that she ought to enlarge the accused on his parole.A Horse's Tale|Mark Twain
The parole of a Rohan is all very well, but only for me, and the brothers will want to know yonder how I employ their money.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
The prisoners always respected their parole on wood-chopping expeditions, and went out and came in at the main entrance.
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