self-defense definition by Webster's New World
- defense of oneself or of one's rights, beliefs, actions, etc.
- the skill of boxingusually in the phrase manly art of self-defense
- Law the right to defend oneself with whatever force is reasonably necessary against actual or threatened violence
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- self-defensive adjective
self-defense definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Defense of oneself when physically attacked: took a course in self-defense.
- Defense of what belongs to oneself, as one's works or reputation.
- Law The right to protect oneself against violence or threatened violence with whatever force or means are reasonably necessary.
- selfˌ-de·fenˈsive adjective
self-defense - Legal Definition
Description of actions taken to protect oneself, as in a shooting of a perpetrator by a police officer upon whom the perpetrator has pulled a gun.