chance-medley

[ chans-med-lee, chahns- ]
/ ˈtʃænsˌmɛd li, ˈtʃɑns- /

noun Law.

a killing occurring during a sudden and unpredicted encounter.
aimless and random action.

Origin of chance-medley

First recorded in 1485–95, chance-medley is from the Anglo-French word chance medlee
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chance-medley

noun

law a sudden quarrel in which one party kills another; unintentional but not blameless killing

Word Origin for chance-medley

C15: from Anglo-French chance medlee mixed chance
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