What does self-defense mean?

Definitions for self-defense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-defense, self-defence, self-protection(noun)

    the act of defending yourself

Wiktionary

  1. self-defense(Noun)

    the means of defending oneself from physical attack

  2. self-defense(Noun)

    the right to protect oneself against violence by using reasonable force, especially when used as justification in a murder charge

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-defense(noun)

    the act of defending one's own person, property, or reputation

Freebase

  1. Self-defense

    Self-defense or private defense is a countermeasure that involves defending oneself, one's property, or the well-being of another from harm. The use of the right of self-defense as a legal justification for the use of force in times of danger is available in many jurisdictions, but the interpretation varies widely.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. self-defense

    A commander has the authority and obligation to use all necessary means available and to take all appropriate action to defend that commander

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. American Proverb:

    A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    We [Jews] have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity

  3. Fred Allen:

    My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.

  4. Stephen Stubbs:

    If you're an unarmed man who's charging some intoxicated lunatic ... that is waving a gun at a crowd of people, that is definitely self-defense, shooting an unarmed person that tried to disarm you, after you unlawfully brandish a gun, cannot be self-defense.

  5. Eric Poole:

    With tragedies playing out in marked ‘ safe ’ places, Americans realize that no place is off-limits for the criminal mind. This is why people are interested in becoming self-reliant for self-defense and less dependent on the response time of an armed police officer to save the day.

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