manslaughter

[ man-slaw-ter ]
/ ˈmænˌslɔ tər /

noun

Law. the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.

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Origin of manslaughter

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; see origin at man, slaughter

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH manslaughter

homicide, manslaughter , murder
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British Dictionary definitions for manslaughter

manslaughter
/ (ˈmænˌslɔːtə) /

noun

law the unlawful killing of one human being by another without malice aforethoughtCompare murder See also homicide, malice aforethought
(loosely) the killing of a human being
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Cultural definitions for manslaughter

manslaughter
[ (man-slaw-tuhr) ]

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.

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