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/ˈsɛlf dɪˈfɛns, ˌsɛlf-/
the act of defending one's person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant:
the art of self-defense.
a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or killing another was necessary in defending one's own person from physical attack:
He shot the man who was trying to stab him and pleaded self-defense at the murder trial.
an act or instance of defending or protecting one's own interests, property, ideas, etc., as by argument or strategy.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin and History for
1651, "act of defending oneself," first attested in Hobbes, from
(q.v.). In sports sense, first with ref. to fencing (1728), then boxing (1820s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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