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justifiable homicide

noun
1.
lawful killing, as in self-defence or to prevent a crime
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  • The jury found "justifiable homicide" in the case of Holmes.

  • But that has to be allowed as justifiable homicide in self-defense, since the forester had drawn a gun and was ready to fire.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • After a hearing of all the testimony the court reached a decision of justifiable homicide and English was released.

    Black and White Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • There is no recorded instance of the justifiable homicide of an American girl in her theatre hat.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • In the cases of death which had occurred amongst the insurgents, the jury found a verdict of justifiable homicide.

  • But surely, he argued, there are cases of justifiable perjury, as of justifiable homicide.

    The Gateless Barrier Lucas Malet
  • There was one moment when my hand was on my trigger, and my soul very near the sin of justifiable homicide.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was not justifiable homicide, assuredly, but there were a great many extenuating circumstances.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • The distinction between excusable and justifiable homicide is very slight and perhaps of little utility.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • But that had to be allowed as justifiable homicide in self-defense, since the forester had drawn a gun and was ready to fire.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett

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