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. An act of killing a human being unlawfully, but not wilfully (as opposed to murder).

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