- a sudden fight during which one person kills another, esp. in self-defense
- such a killing
Origin of chance-medleyliterally , mixed chance: see chance and medley
Origin of chance-medleyMiddle English chaunce medley manslaughter from Norman French chance medlee mixed accident Old French chance accident ; see chance . Old French medlee mixed ; see medley .
- (law, historical) The killing of another in self-defence upon a sudden and unpremeditated encounter.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.