chance-medley

noun
chance-med·​ley | \ ˈchan(t)s-ˈmed-lē How to pronounce chance-medley (audio) \

Definition of chance-medley

1 : accidental homicide not entirely without fault of the killer but without evil intent
2 : haphazard action : confusion

First Known Use of chance-medley

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chance-medley

Anglo-French chance medlée mingled chance

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“Chance-medley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chance-medley. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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