chance medley

chance-medley

[chans-med-lee, chahns-]
noun Law.
1.
a killing occurring during a sudden and unpredicted encounter.
2.
aimless and random action.

Origin:
1485–95; < Anglo-French chance medlee

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chance-medley
 
n
law a sudden quarrel in which one party kills another; unintentional but not blameless killing
 
[C15: from Anglo-French chance medlee mixed chance]

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