from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a casual affray or riot, accompanied with violence, and without deliberate or preconceived malice.
- n. The killing of another in self-defense, upon a sudden and unpremeditated encounter.
- n. Misadventure.
- n. A haphazard mixture; a fortuitous combination.
- adj. Haphazard.
But in his heart he thought, My unlucky protegee has with this luckless answer shot dead, by a kind of chance-medley, her only hope of success.
His past went soberly before him; he beheld it as it was, ugly and strenuous like a dream, random as chance-medley -- a scene of defeat.
A chance-medley fight was on the point of taking place, when Rose, his natural sympathies as a white man suddenly recurring, broke the stock of his fusee over the head of a Crow warrior, and laid so vigorously about him with the barrel, that he soon put the whole throng to flight.
This word comes from the Norman French 'chance medlee,' mixed accident.