involuntary manslaughter


: manslaughter resulting from the failure to perform a legal duty expressly required to safeguard human life, from the commission of an unlawful act not constituting a felony, or from the commission of a lawful act in a negligent or improper manner

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another 15-year-old boy was arrested, booked on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and transported to juvenile hall, police said. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Dec. 2022 Tewodros Worku, 35, of Maryland, faces felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and hit and run, Fairfax County police wrote in a Thursday news release. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 Lyon, who was director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2014 when the Flint water crisis began, was charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of willful neglect of duty by a public official. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Dec. 2022 Based on Jesse Barron's Esquire article, the limited series looks at Michelle and Conrad Roy III's relationship, the days leading up to Conrad's death and the trial that led to Michelle's ultimate conviction of involuntary manslaughter. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2022 James and Jennifer Crumbley have pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter and have argued that the charges have no legal justification and the couple should not be held responsible for their son’s killings. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 15 Dec. 2022 The judge upheld an October jury trial verdict convicting Lyle of involuntary manslaughter and scheduled Lyle’s sentencing for Feb. 3. Gisela Salomon, Sun Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2022 Based on the Esquire article of the same name, the show follows the relationship between Conrad Roy III and Michelle Carter, along with the events that led to his death, and ultimately, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter. Ew Staff,, 8 Dec. 2022 In 2014, Hedrick was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 1984 death of Ellen Beason, but he has not been charged in any of the Calder Road cases. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of involuntary manslaughter was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“Involuntary manslaughter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition

involuntary manslaughter

see manslaughter

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