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Definition of Parole


  1. A word; an oral utterance.
  2. Word of promise; word of honor; plighted faith; especially (Mil.), promise, upon one's faith and honor, to fulfill stated conditions, as not to bear arms against one's captors, to return to custody, or the like.
  3. A watchword given only to officers of guards; -- distinguished from countersign, which is given to all guards.
  4. Oral declaration. See lst Parol, 2.
  5. See 2d Parol.
  6. To set at liberty on parole; as, to parole prisoners.

Parole Quotations

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Samuel Johnson

Growing up under the heavy hand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it was drummed into me that attending weekly mass was not an option. It was a must to avoid eternal damnation, which was not a prospect filled with many positives. Hell fire was perpetual, and no parole would be offered.
Bill O'Reilly

Up until now, the prospect of parole has kept us from confronting our captors with any real determination.
George Jackson

No one knew what Rodney King had done beforehand to be stopped. No one realized that he was a parolee and that he was violating his parole. No one knew any of those things. All they saw was this grainy film and police officers hitting him over the head.
Daryl Gates

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian
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Parole Translations

parole in Spanish is libertad provisional
parole in Swedish is hedersord