Definition of manslaughter in US English:



  • The crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder.

    ‘the defendant was convicted of manslaughter’
    • ‘It is suggested that such a defendant should be regarded as being guilty of manslaughter and not murder.’
    • ‘Any person who intentionally kills another may be prosecuted for murder or manslaughter.’
    • ‘Whether an offender deserves to be convicted of murder or manslaughter is for the jury to determine.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Defence should be charged with unlawful killing, manslaughter or murder.’
    • ‘The most serious offences which Mary may be charged with are murder and manslaughter.’
    killing, murder
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