noun[mass noun] Law , • rare
- The accidental killing of a person in a fight.More example sentences
- In 1828, the concept of chance medley was eventually abolished.
- He, who commits chance-medley, shall fly his country for a year, till satisfaction be made to the dead person's kindred.
- You say that James Annesley is Not Guilty of the felony and murder whereof he stands indicted, but is Guilty of chance-medley.
late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French chance medlee, literally 'mixed chance', from chance 'luck' + medlee, feminine past participle of medler 'to mix' (based on Latin miscere).
More definitions of chance-medleyDefinition of chance-medley in:
- The US English dictionary