According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, chance-medley has two definitions. 1 : accidental homicide not entirely without fault of the killer but without evil intent / 2. : haphazard action

Yet, most english dictionaries say the vocab 'chance-medley' has one definition ― like the former (accidental homicide~) When I asked a question, "Have you heard of a meaning like the latter definition of the word?", An English speaker also said he or she has never heard of the second definition, haphazard action.

By the way, American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition (March 22, 2016) says 'chance-medley' has one definition unlike the other English dictionary's. : A random, haphazard action or occurrence.

What do you think of the lexicographer's intention, who edited and wrote American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language? It appears to me that they sailed against the wind. (Most English dictionaries, which have one definition about 'chance-medley', seem to abide by the frequency of occurrence used in English speaking countries.) Is it just the lexicographers's misjudgment by some possibility? Why American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language alone stands out against the other dictionaries concerning this word, chance-medley?


I don't know what they based the second definition on.

I just want to comment that I've never heard this term used, with either meaning, in my life.