Definition of chance-medley in English:


Syllabification: chance-med·ley
Pronunciation: /ˈCHansˌmedlē


Law , rare
The killing of a person accidentally in self-defense in a fight.
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  • 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).

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