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Meaning of CHANCE-MEDLEY

Pronunciation:  chans 'medlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  unpremeditated killing of a human being in self defense
 

CHANCE-MEDLEY is a 13 letter word that starts with C.

 

 See Also: manslaughter

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Chance"-med`ley\, n. [Chance + medley.]
1. (Law) The killing of another in self-defense upon a sudden
   and unpremeditated encounter. See {Chaud-Medley}.

Note: The term has been sometimes applied to any kind of
      homicide by misadventure, or to any accidental killing
      of a person without premeditation or evil intent, but,
      in strictness, is applicable to such killing as happens
      in defending one's self against assault. --Bouvier.

2. Luck; chance; accident. --Milton. --Cowper.

 

 

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