from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The unlawful killing of one human by another without express or implied intent to do injury.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of killing a human being unlawfully, but not wilfully (as opposed to murder).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The slaying of a human being; destruction of men.
- n. The unlawful killing of a man, either in negligence or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The killing of a human being by a human being, or of men by men; homicide; human slaughter.
- n. Specifically—2. In law, the unlawful killing of another without malice either express or implied, which may be either voluntarily, upon a sudden heat, or involuntarily, but in the commission of some unlawful act. Blackstone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. homicide without malice aforethought
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"). (Wiktionary)