- Parole is the early release of a prisoner or a state of supervision that occurs after someone has been released from incarceration.
When a person gets out of jail after committing a theft but he still has to check in regularly with his probation officer and comply with certain requirements, this is an example of a time when he is on parole.
- To parole is to allow for the release of a prisoner.
When a group of board members on the probation board in the criminal justice department review a prisoner's case and decide to let him out of jail, this is an example of a time when they parole the prisoner.
- Now Rare word of honor; promise; esp., the promise of a prisoner of war to abide by certain conditions, often specif. to take no further part in the fighting, in exchange for full or partial freedom
- the condition of being on parole
- the release of a prisoner whose sentence has not expired, on condition of future good behavior: the sentence is not set aside and the individual remains under the supervision of a parole board
- the conditional freedom granted by such release, or the period of it
- Mil., Obsolete a special password used only by certain authorized persons
Origin of paroleFrench a word, formal promise ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin parabola, a speech, parable
- Law a. Early release of a prisoner who is then subject to continued monitoring as well as compliance with certain terms and conditions for a specified period.b. The duration of such conditional release.
- A password used by an officer of the day, an officer on guard, or the personnel commanded by such an officer.
- Word of honor, especially that of a prisoner of war who is granted freedom only after promising not to engage in combat until formally exchanged.
- Linguistics The act of speaking; a particular utterance or word.
transitive verbpa·roled, pa·rol·ing, pa·roles
Origin of paroleFrench, promise, word, from Vulgar Latin *paraula, from Latin parabola, discourse; see parable.
(usually uncountable, plural paroles)
- The release or state of a former prisoner on the understanding that he/she checks in regularly and obeys the law.
- He will be on parole for nearly two more years.
- He was released on parole.
- The defendant shall be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
- The amount of time a former prisoner spends on limited release.
- (archaic) A word of honor, especially given by a prisoner of war, to not engage in combat if released.
- (linguistics) Language in use, as opposed to language as a system.
- (US, immigration law) The permission for foreigner who does not meet the technical requirements for a visa to be allowed to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
- A watchword given only to officers of guards; distinguished from the countersign, which is given to all guards.
- (law) An oral declaration; see parol.
(third-person singular simple present paroles, present participle paroling, simple past and past participle paroled)
- To release (a prisoner) on the understanding that s/he checks in regularly and obeys the law.
From Old French parole (“word, formal promise"), from Late Latin parabola (“speech")
parole - Legal Definition
- A conditional release from a criminal sentence that permits the convict to serve the remainder of his or her term outside the confines of the prison as long as he abides scrupulously by certain preset conditions.
- To effect what is described in the meaning of the noun.