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English definition of “manslaughter”

manslaughter

noun [U]     /ˈmænˌslɔː.tər/ US  /-ˌslɑː.t̬ɚ/
the crime of killing a person when the killer did not intend to do it or cannot be responsible for his or her actions: She was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for manslaughter. He denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. → Compare murder noun, suicideMurder and attempted murderKilling
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