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


  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


  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


  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. Professor David Hemenway at Harvard:

    In the United States, guns are used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime.

  5. Susan Klein:

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

Images & Illustrations of self-defense

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