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chance-medleya sudden quarrel in which one party kills another; unintentional but not blameless killing.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
CHANCE-MEDLEY, criminal law. A sudden affray. This word is sometimes applied to any kind of homicide by misadventure, but in strictness it is applicable to such killing only as happens se defendendo. (q.v.) 4 Bl. Com. 184.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.