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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

Etymologies

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)

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