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parole

Pronunciation: pa-rol'

Definition: In psychiatry, term for conditional release of a formally committed patient from a mental hospital before formal discharge, so that the patient may be returned to the hospital if necessary without fresh legal action.

[Fr., fr. L. parabola, discourse, fr G. parabole]

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