The terms “homicide and “murder” are frequently interchanged and often misunderstood. There is a significant difference between the two. What is it?
“Homicide” is the killing of one person by another. A homicide itself is not necessarily a crime. Some homicides are legal and permissible, such as a justifiable killing or a killing in self-defense. The term “homicide” is a neutral term – it merely describes the act – it does not describe the legal quality of the act.

The term “murder”, on the other hand, is an unlawful, unjustifiable, intentional act that results in the death of another person.

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12. The terms “homicide and “murder” are frequently interchanged and often misunderstood. There is a significant difference between the two. What is it?