Chance-medley Chance"-med`ley, n. [Chance + medley.] 1. (Law) The killing of another in self-defense upon a sudden and unpremeditated encounter. See {Chaud-Medley}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term has been sometimes applied to any kind of homicide by misadventure, or to any accidental killing of a person without premeditation or evil intent, but, in strictness, is applicable to such killing as happens in defending one's self against assault. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

2. Luck; chance; accident. --Milton. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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