Manslaughter meaning

mănslôtər
The killing of a person without malice aforethought but with either the intention to commit an unlawful act that leads to an unintended death, or with an otherwise murderous intent that is extenuated by some partial defense, such as acting under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance occasioned by a substantial provocation on the part of the victim.
noun
1
0
The killing of a human being by another; esp., such killing when unlawful but without malice.
noun
1
1
The act of killing another person without malice aforethought.
noun
0
0
The accidental killing of another during the commission of a crime or as a result of criminal negligence.
0
0
An act of killing a human being unlawfully, but not wilfully (as opposed to murder).
noun
0
0
Advertisement
Killing in the heat of passion.
0
1

Origin of manslaughter

  • From Middle English manslaȝter, manslauter, equivalent to man +"Ž slaughter, or taken as an adaptation of Old English mannslieht, mannsleaht (“homicide"), from mann (“man, person") +"Ž slieht, sleaht (“stroke, slaying"), see manslaught. Cognate with Scots manslauchter (“homicide").

    From Wiktionary