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[Anglo-French, speech, talk, from Old French parole]
: an oral declaration or statement [where the evidence of the gift rests in "Matter of Cohn, 176 N.Y.S. 225 (1919) (dissent)"]
adj 1 : executed or made by word of mouth or by a writing not under seal [a agreement]
2 a : given or expressed by word of mouth
: oral as distinguished from written
b : relating to matters outside of a writing
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.