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Definition of Manslaughter

(noun) Homicide without premeditated malice.

Manslaughter Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈmænˌslɔdər/
      • /ˈmænˌslɑdər/
    • British English
      • /ˈmanˌslɔːtə/
  • Syllabification: (man·slaugh·ter)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: manslaughters
  • Manslaughter is either voluntary or involuntary and is not the same as murder, which is premeditated.
  • The United States legally differentiates between four primary types of homicide. First-degree murder, Second-degree murder, Voluntary Manslaughter (also called Third-degree murder), and Involuntary Manslaughter.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Manslaughter

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “manslaughter.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

manslaughter. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “manslaughter.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“manslaughter.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/>.