nounLaw , rare
The killing of a person accidentally in self-defense in a fight.
- The murder of the constable was, if not properly accidental, at least rather in the nature of chance medley.
- In his case, on appeal, the Chief Justice for the first time ruled that the defence of chance medley that downsized murder to manslaughter could not be pleaded under British law.
- You say that James Annesley is Not Guilty of the felony and murder whereof he stands indicted, but is Guilty of chance-medley.
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