Definition of Manslaughter
(noun) Homicide without premeditated malice.
- American English – /mAn-slawt-uhr/
- British English – /mAn-slawt-uh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈmænˌslɑdər/
- British English – /ˈmanˌslɔːtə/
- 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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- Word origin of “manslaughter” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “manslaughter.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 29, 2023 (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 November 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“manslaughter.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/manslaughter/>.