Legal Definition and Related Resources of Miscarriage

Meaning of Miscarriage

abortion ; the exclusion of fetus being either the product of criminal act or induced by artificial means or occurring naturally.

Miscarriage Alternative Definition

In Medical Jurisprudence. The expulsion of the ovum or embryo from the uterus within the first six weeks after conception. Between that time, and before the expiration of the sixth month, when the child may possibly live, it is termed “abortion.” When the delivery takes place soon after the sixth month, it is denominated “premature labor.” But the criminal act of destroying the foetus at any time before birth is termed, in law, “procuring miscarriage.” Chit. Med. Jur. 410; 2 Dungl. Hum. Phys. 364. See “Abortion.” In Practice. A term used in the statute of frai ds to denote that species of wrongful act for the consequences of which the wrongdoer would be responsible at law in a civil action. 2 Bam. & Aid. 613; 2 Day (Conn.) 457; 63 N. C. 198; Browne, St. Frauds, § 155.

Synonyms of Miscarriage


  • abortion
  • abortive attempt
  • abortive effort
  • bad behavior
  • breakdown
  • cadere
  • collapse
  • default
  • defeat
  • disappointment
  • downfall
  • failure
  • fiasco
  • frustration
  • futile effort
  • hopeless failure
  • ineffectiveness
  • ineffectual attempt
  • loss
  • lost labor
  • misadventure
  • misbehavior
  • mischance
  • misconduct
  • misfire
  • mistake
  • negative result
  • noncompletion
  • nonfulfillment
  • nonperformance
  • nonsuccess
  • overthrow
  • parum procedere
  • perdition
  • rout
  • ruin
  • secus procedere
  • stoppage
  • successlessness
  • total loss
  • unlawful act
  • unproductivity
  • vain attempt
  • vain effort
  • Associated Concepts: miscarriage ofjustice

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Miscarriage in Law Enforcement

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


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Miscarriage

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

1580s, “mistake, error;” 1610s, “misbehavior;” see miscarry + -age. Meaning “untimely delivery” is from 1660s. Miscarriage of justice is from 1875.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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