Variant of parole
- 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: Fr, a word, formal promise < OFr < LL(Ec) parabola, a speech, parable
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