Definition of voluntary manslaughter in US English:

voluntary manslaughter


  • The crime of killing another person unlawfully in circumstances that do not amount to murder (for example, without premeditation or as a result of mitigating circumstances such as diminished responsibility)

    ‘he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter’
    • ‘Charged with voluntary manslaughter, he spent three weeks in jail.’
    • ‘She was sentenced Tuesday in Los Angeles after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter.’
    • ‘She was arrested Monday on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and causing willful harm to a child.’
    • ‘Marin County prosecutors filed a voluntary manslaughter charge in a Dillon Beach shooting after a second judge rejected a murder charge.’
    • ‘He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors last year.’
    • ‘She pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in September.’
    • ‘No charges have yet been brought but conviction for voluntary manslaughter carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison in Brazil.’
    • ‘A registered sex offender with convictions for voluntary manslaughter, rape and kidnapping, he has been in custody since August.’