manslaughter

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

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manslaughter (plural manslaughters)

  1. (obsolete) The slaying of a human being.
  2. (law) The unlawful killing of a human, either in negligence or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger.

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