chance-medley

noun

chance-med·​ley ˈchan(t)s-ˈmed-lē How to pronounce chance-medley (audio)
1
: accidental homicide not entirely without fault of the killer but without evil intent
2
: haphazard action : confusion

Word History

Etymology

Anglo-French chance medlée mingled chance

First Known Use

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chance-medley was circa 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Chance-medley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chance-medley. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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