What does manslaughter mean?

Definitions for manslaughterˈmænˌslɔ tər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word manslaughter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manslaughter(noun)

    homicide without malice aforethought


  1. manslaughter(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manslaughter(noun)

    the slaying of a human being; destruction of men

  2. Manslaughter(noun)

    the unlawful killing of a man, either in negligenc/ or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger


  1. Manslaughter

    Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder. The distinction between murder and manslaughter is said to have first been made by the Ancient Athenian lawmaker Draco in the 7th century BCE. The definition of manslaughter differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The law generally differentiates between levels of criminal culpability based on the mens rea, or state of mind; or the circumstances under which the killing occurred. Manslaughter is usually broken down into two distinct categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter; however, this is not the case in all jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, such as the UK, Canada and some Australian states provocation is a partial defence to a charge of murder which acts by converting what would otherwise have been murder into manslaughter.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manslaughter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manslaughter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Danny Cevallos:

    They're going to be anything in the spectrum of murder, manslaughter (or) negligent homicide.

  2. Robert Hilliard:

    GM knew this defect caused this death yet, instead of telling the truth, watched silently as Candice was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

  3. Don Gerace:

    In the state of New York he is charged with manslaughter in the first degree, which requires intent to cause serious bodily injury and I do not believe there was any intent.

  4. Wendy Davis:

    I will classify sexual assault at the same level as other heinous crimes such as murder and manslaughter and human trafficking, which have no statute of limitations, eight states are already doing so.

  5. Gerald Christensen:

    We've always said the case actually is an involuntary manslaughter (case) -- that it was an accidental overdose and a subsequent panic and a failure to call 911, i think she has tremendous amount of relief that this ordeal is closing.

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