Legal Definition and Related Resources of Manslaughter

Meaning of Manslaughter

The unlawful killing of a human being without any malice , either express or implied . See Stevenson v United States , 162 U.S. 313, 16 S.Ct. 839, 40 L.Ed. 980. Not a degree of murder but a distinct offense in which malice and premeditation are not involved. Also been said that it is a residual offense, not falling within definitions of murder in the first or second degree or excusable or justifiable homicide . See state v utter , 479 P.2d 946, 4 Wash.App. 137. Also, State v Brewster, (Mo.App.)525 S. W.2d 427. under the federal Code (18 U.S.C. §1112) the term is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being without malice. Then classified into two kinds namely : 1. voluntary – upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion ; and 2. involuntary in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony or in the commission in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection, of lawful act which might produce death .

Manslaughter Alternative Definition

Manslaughter is homicide committed without excuse or justification, and without malice aforethought, expressed or implied. 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 30, §§ 2, 3; Steph. Dig. Crim. Law, art. 223. Voluntary manslaughter is an intentional homicide in sudden passion or heat of blood caused by reasonable provocation, and not with malice aforethought. 1 Hale, P. C. 466. To constitute voluntary manslaughter, (1) the killing must be intentional; (2) it must be without malice; (3) the provocation must be so great as to reasonably excite passion in an ordinary man, and cause him to act rashly and without reflection, and so immediate as not to afford reasonable cooling time. Involuntary manslaughter is homicide committed unintentionally, but without excuse, and not under such circumstances as to raise the implication of malice. 23 Iowa, 154; 62 Mich. 29. It may arise (1) from the doing of a criminal act not amounting to a felony, nor naturally tending to cause death or great bodily harm; (2) from the doing of a lawful act vdth gross negligence; (3) from the omission to perform a legal duty under circumstances showing gross negligence. By statutes in the various states, the degrees of manslaughter and the elements of each degree have been variously altered.

Synonyms of Manslaughter


  • accidental homocide
  • homicide
  • homicidium
  • hominis caedes
  • killing
  • murder
  • reckless homocide
  • unintentional homocide
  • unintentional murder
  • unpremeditated murder
  • Associated Concepts: involuntary manslaughter
  • killing in the heat of passion
  • second degree manslaughter
  • voluntary manslaughter

Related Entries of Manslaughter in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Manslaughter in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Gloves, Homicide, Murder, Mutual Combat, Passion.

Translate Manslaughter from English to Spanish

Translation of Manslaughter, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Homicidio culposo and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Voluntary Manslaughter from English to Spanish

Translation of Voluntary Manslaughter , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Homicidio voluntario and other legal terms is available here.


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English Spanish Translation of Manslaughter

Homicidio impremeditado

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Manslaughter in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of manslaughter.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Manslaughter

(You may find manslaughter at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

mid-14c., ” act, crime, or sin of killing another human being,” in battle or not, from man; this term is also a noun. + slaughter; this term is also a noun.. Replaced Old English mannslæht (Anglian), mannslieht (West Saxon), from slæht, slieht “act of killing” (see slay); Middle English also had man-quelling “murder, homicide” (late 14c.). Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to “simple homicide.”


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Manslaughter in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Manslaughter published by the National Association for Court Management: The unlawful killing of another without intent to kill; either voluntary (upon a sudden impulse); or involuntary (during the commission of an unlawful act not ordinarily expected to result in great bodily harm). See also murder. Mediation: A form of alternative dispute resolution in which the parties bring their dispute to a neutral third party, who helps them agree on a settlement.




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