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Definition of "parole" []

  • Law The release of a prisoner whose term has not expired on condition of sustained lawful behavior that is subject to regular monitoring by an officer of the law for a set period of time. (noun)
  • Law The duration of such conditional release. (noun)
  • A password used by an officer of the day, an officer on guard, or the personnel commanded by such an officer. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • Linguistics The act of speaking; a particular utterance or word. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parole" in a sentence
  • "Your use of the word parole is no longer acceptable in Metronatural Village."
  • "But crucial to the Apprendi analysis, and what distinguishes this from parole, is the additional imprisonment term is not authorized unless and until the judge finds a violation of the terms of release."
  • "One former Manson Family member, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, is scheduled to soon be released on parole from a federal prison in Texas."