excusable homicide
Misadventure Mis`ad*ven"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. mesaventure, F. m['e]saventure.] Mischance; misfortune; ill luck; unlucky accident; ill adventure. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Homicide by misadventure} (Law), homicide which occurs when a man, doing a lawful act, without any intention of injury, unfortunately kills another; -- called also {excusable homicide}. See {Homicide}. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Mischance; mishap; misfortune; disaster; calamity. [1913 Webster]


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