self–defense

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noun self–de·fense \ˌself-di-ˈfen(t)s\

Definition of self–defense

  1. 1 :  a plea of justification for the use of force or for homicide

  2. 2 :  the act of defending oneself, one's property, or a close relative

First Known Use of self–defense

1651


SELF–DEFENSE Defined for English Language Learners

self-defense

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Definition of self–defense for English Language Learners

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

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


SELF–DEFENSE Defined for Kids

self–defense

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noun self–de·fense \ˌself-di-ˈfens\

Definition of self–defense for Students

  1. :  someone's act of defending himself or herself or his or her property I acted in self-defense.


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self–defense

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noun self–de·fense \ˈself-di-ˈfens\

Legal Definition of self–defense

  1. 1 :  the use of force to defend oneself

  2. 2 :  an affirmative defense (as to a murder charge) alleging that the defendant used force necessarily to protect himself or herself because of a reasonable belief that the other party intended to inflict great bodily harm or death — see also justification 2


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