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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-defense, self-defence, self-protectionnoun

    the act of defending yourself

Wiktionary

  1. self-defensenoun

    the means of defending oneself from physical attack

  2. self-defensenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-defensenoun

    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

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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

Examples of self-defense in a Sentence

  1. Carey Baker:

    It applies just as much today as it did over 200 years ago, the right to bear and keep those firearms -- that should never change. It truly is based on an individuals right to self-defense. If you have the right to defend yourself, your family, your country, you should have the means to do it.

  2. Albert Einstein:

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

  3. John Kirby:

    I would think the Trump administration could -- if they choose -- cite the principle of self-defense under the UN Charter and conduct operations accordingly, but those operations would have to be proportional to the threat -- a threat that has now been made more challenging by the sophistication of Iranian air defenses.

  4. Susan Klein:

    If they are there in a public place, legally armed, they can argue they were using self-defense.

  5. Thomas Paine:

    The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become a prey to the strong.

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