MANSLAUGHTER (O. Eng., mannslaeht, from mann, man, and slaeht, act of slaying, slean, to slay, properly to smite; cf. Ger. schlagen, Schlacht, battle), a term in English law signifying " unlawful homicide without malice aforethought " (Stephen, Digest of the Criminal Law, Art. 223). The distinction between manslaughter and murder and other forms of homicide is treated under HOMICIDE.
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