parole

If you're in prison, after serving a few years you might be let out on parole, a promise to be good and check in regularly.

Parole comes from the French for "word," and means "word of honor." You'll most frequently hear it in relation to prisoners, who promise to fulfill certain conditions in return for an early release from jail. When the officials are trying to decide whether a prisoner is ready for parole, they have a parole hearing. Parole can also mean "password." If you're part of an underground revolutionary group, you'll need a parole to help keep your meetings secret. Just say the word at the door, and they'll let you in.

Primary Meanings of parole

1.
nv
(law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
2.
n
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
3.
n
a promise
Full Definitions of parole
1

n (law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with

Type of:
freeing, liberation, release
the act of liberating someone or something

v release a criminal from detention and place him on parole

“The prisoner was paroled after serving 10 years in prison”
Type of:
free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
grant freedom to; free from confinement
2

n a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

Synonyms:
countersign, password, watchword, word
Type of:
arcanum, secret
information known only to a special group
positive identification
evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance
3

n a promise

Synonyms:
word, word of honor
Type of:
promise
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

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