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misadventure

n. a death due to unintentional accident without any violation of law or criminal negligence. Thus, there is no crime. (See: homicide)

See: accident, adversity, casualty, catastrophe, debacle, disaster, miscarriage, misfortune, quirk, tragedy

misadventure

a possible inquest verdict by a coroner that is similar to (but said by some to be different from) accident.

MISADVENTURE, crim. law, torts. An accident by which an injury occurs to another.
     2. When applied to homicide, misadventure is the act of a man who, in the performance of a lawful act, without any intention to do harm, and after using proper precaution to prevent danger, unfortunately kills another person. The act upon which the death ensues, must be neither malum in se, nor malum prohibitum. The usual examples under this head are, 1. When the death ensues from innocent recreations. 2. From moderate and lawful correction (q.v.) in foro domestico. 3. From acts lawful and indifferent in themselves, done with proper and ordinary caution. 4 Bl. Com. 182; 1 East, P C. 221.

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Deputy coroner Clare Bailey recorded a death by misadventure.
Coroner Terence Carney recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
Coroner Tim Ratcliffe recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
coroner Dr Brian farrell accepted rachel died from hypothermia but returned a verdict of death by misadventure - saying evidence had been heard that the flat was "not freezing" at the time.
The IPCC report, announced yesterday after an inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure, found that Mr Swinburne had drunk up to two litres of cider, ten cans of lager and a quantity of absinthe.
Coroner Ian Smith recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
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The coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure but a new investigation has cast doubt on the official account that Jones drowned after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs.
The coroner also described it as "death by misadventure" but fans have never been convinced by the verdict.
A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded at yesterday's hearing.
Aberystwyth coroners' court gave a conclusion of death by misadventure.
Assistant deputy Teesside coroner Clare Bailey recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.