manslaughter

noun man·slaugh·ter \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of manslaughter

: the unlawful killing of a human being without express or implied malice

Examples of manslaughter in a Sentence

  1. She was convicted of manslaughter for driving while drunk and killing three people.

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First Known Use of manslaughter

14th century


MANSLAUGHTER Defined for English Language Learners

manslaughter

noun

Definition of manslaughter for English Language Learners

  • law : the crime of killing a person without intending to do so


MANSLAUGHTER Defined for Kids

manslaughter

noun man·slaugh·ter \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər \

Definition of manslaughter for Students

: the unintentional but unlawful killing of a person

Medical Dictionary

manslaughter

noun man·slaugh·ter \ ˈman-ˌslȯt-ər \

medical Definition of manslaughter

: the slaying of a human being; specifically : the unlawful killing of a human being without express or implied malice

Law Dictionary

manslaughter

noun man·slaugh·ter \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər \

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
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
Note: In states that grade manslaughter by degrees, voluntary manslaughter is usually a first-degree offense.


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