manslaughter

noun
man·​slaugh·​ter | \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər How to pronounce manslaughter (audio) \

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 on the Web Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Judge denies prosecution request for 48-hour seal on George Floyd filings, including video," 15 Oct. 2020 On April 20, 2019, Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral post misstates amount of Justine Damond family settlement," 13 Oct. 2020 Chauvin faces counts of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and his next court date is set for March 8. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 8: VP debate, Covid-19, SCOTUS, police, Russia," 8 Oct. 2020 Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "In wake of George Floyd's death, Hennepin Healthcare employees fired for accessing confidential medical records," 24 Sep. 2020 Three other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "In wake of George Floyd's death, Hennepin Healthcare employees fired for accessing confidential medical records," 24 Sep. 2020 Charges against police who fatally shoot people in the line of duty are rare, and convictions of officers charged with murder or manslaughter for fatally shooting people are even less common. Washington Post, "With Breonna Taylor decision, summer’s anguished protests get fresh impetus for the fall," 24 Sep. 2020 No murder or manslaughter charges were handed up against any of the three officers. NBC News, "2 police officers shot during Louisville protests over charges in Breonna Taylor case," 23 Sep. 2020 Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Breonna Taylor settlement is among largest payouts linked to a police shooting," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of manslaughter

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manslaughter was in the 14th century

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21 Oct 2020

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“Manslaughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manslaughter. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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manslaughter

noun
How to pronounce manslaughter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of manslaughter

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

manslaughter

noun
man·​slaugh·​ter | \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər How to pronounce manslaughter (audio) \

Kids Definition of manslaughter

: the unintentional but unlawful killing of a person

manslaughter

noun
man·​slaugh·​ter | \ ˈman-ˌslȯt-ər How to pronounce manslaughter (audio) \

Medical Definition of manslaughter

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

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manslaughter

noun
man·​slaugh·​ter | \ ˈman-ˌslȯ-tər How to pronounce manslaughter (audio) \

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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