- Law. the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
- the killing of a human being by another; homicide.
Origin of manslaughter
Examples from the Web for manslaughter
After four years, two trials, an adoption, and multiple jury scandals, polo mogul John Goodman was found guilty of manslaughter.Money, Murder, and Adoption: The Wild Trial of the Polo King
October 28, 2014
Mitchell was convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to 10 to 20 years.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Her doctor, Raslan Fadl, and father, Mohamed al-bates, from a nearby village, were in court charged with manslaughter.Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls!
April 26, 2014
Selling drugs in cahoots with a childhood friend, a disagreement led to manslaughter by gunshot.If Gun Violence Is A Disease, These People Might Just Be The Cure
April 1, 2014
He pled guilty to manslaughter charges and received a two-and-a-half-year sentence.Costa Concordia Captain: I’m A Scapegoat For Carnival Cruise Lines
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 11, 2014
"They were just about to try him for manslaughter when I left England," said Stanhope, laughing.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
But if you don't know how easy it is, it looks like a curtain-raiser for manslaughter.Shorty McCabe
We shall all be sent to the castle, and perhaps transported for manslaughter.The English Spy
Probably, though, it will be brought in as manslaughter yes, almost certainly.We Two
The most I can hope for is to make 'em drop that manslaughter case.Blow The Man Down
Word Origin and History for manslaughter
mid-14c., " act, crime, or sin of killing another human being," in battle or not, from man (n.) + slaughter (n.). Replaced Old English mannslæht (Anglian), mannslieht (West Saxon), from slæht, slieht "act of killing" (see slay). Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to "simple homicide."
The unlawful killing of a person, without malice or premeditation. Involuntary manslaughter is accidental, such as running into someone with a car. Voluntary manslaughter is committed in the “heat of passion,” as in a spontaneous fight in which one person is killed by a strong blow. Manslaughter is usually considered less serious than murder. Both murder and manslaughter are types of homicide.