self-defense

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

self–de·fense

noun \ˌself-di-ˈfen(t)s\

: the act of defending yourself, your property, etc.

: skills that make you capable of protecting yourself during an attack

Full Definition of SELF-DEFENSE

1
:  a plea of justification for the use of force or for homicide
2
:  the act of defending oneself, one's property, or a close relative

First Known Use of SELF-DEFENSE

1651

self-defense

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In criminal law, an affirmative defense (e.g., to a murder charge) alleging that the defendant used serious force necessarily for self-protection. The claim of self-defense must normally rely on a reasonable belief that the other party intended to inflict great bodily harm or death and that avoidance by retreating was impossible. See also homicide.

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