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chance-medley

[chans-med-lee, chahns-] /ˈtʃænsˌmɛd li, ˈtʃɑns-/
noun, Law.
1.
a killing occurring during a sudden and unpredicted encounter.
2.
aimless and random action.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; < Anglo-French chance medlee
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British Dictionary definitions for chance-medley

chance-medley

noun
1.
(law) a sudden quarrel in which one party kills another; unintentional but not blameless killing
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French chance medlee mixed chance
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