Definition of manslaughter
: the unlawful killing of a human being without express or implied malice
Examples of manslaughter in a Sentence
She was convicted of manslaughter for driving while drunk and killing three people.
Recent Examples of manslaughter from the Web
He was eventually charged and acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges.
Perez was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Duckenfield, the police commander on the day of the tragedy, faced the most serious charge — gross negligence manslaughter in the deaths of 95 men, women and children.
Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm charges on June 17.
Jurors in both trials were instructed to try to decide the murder count first before moving on to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
A jury’s decision to acquit Yanez of second-degree manslaughter and other charges, and the release of a dashcam video showing Castile’s shooting, raises some pointed questions for the justice system itself and also for the NRA.
On Friday, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges relating to the fatal shooting of Philando Castile in a Minneapolis suburb in July 2016.
On Friday, a jury acquitted the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of manslaughter.
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First Known Use of manslaughter
MANSLAUGHTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of manslaughter for English Language Learners
law : the crime of killing a person without intending to do so
MANSLAUGHTER Defined for Kids
Definition of manslaughter for Students
: the unintentional but unlawful killing of a person
Medical Definition of manslaughter
: the slaying of a human being; specifically : the unlawful killing of a human being without express or implied malice
Legal Definition of manslaughter
: the unlawful killing of a human being without malice — compare homicide, murder 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 amounting to a felony, or from the commission of a lawful act involving a risk of injury or death that is done in an unlawful, reckless, or grossly negligent manner — see also reckless homicide at homicide Editor's note: The exact formulation of the elements of involuntary manslaughter vary from state to state especially with regard to the level of negligence required. In states that grade manslaughter by degrees, involuntary manslaughter is usually graded as a second- or third-degree offense. misdemeanor–manslaughter : involuntary manslaughter occurring during the commission of a misdemeanor — compare felony murder at murder voluntary manslaughter : manslaughter resulting from an intentional act done without malice or premeditation and while in the heat of passion or on sudden provocation Editor's note: In states that grade manslaughter by degrees, voluntary manslaughter is usually a first-degree offense.
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