Self-defense
Self-defense Self`-de*fense", n. The act of defending one's own person, property, or reputation. [1913 Webster]

{In self-defense} (Law), in protection of self, -- it being permitted in law to a party on whom a grave wrong is attempted to resist the wrong, even at the peril of the life of the assailiant. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]


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  • SELF-DEFENSE — (in modern Jewish history). Jewish efforts against attacking mobs in Russia and in Austria Hungary from the end of the 19th century until shortly after World War I. The nature of the pogroms in this period (especially in the years 1881–82,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • self-defense — n. The act of defending oneself against threatened injury; the right to protect oneself or one’s family from immediately threatened harm, which can serve as a defense in a criminal or tort action arising out of injuries caused by an act of self… …   Law dictionary

  • Self-defense — Défense personnelle Pour les articles homonymes, voir Autodéfense. Défense avec la paume de main sur une tentative de saisie Le terme défense personnelle, ou le terme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Self-défense — Défense personnelle Pour les articles homonymes, voir Autodéfense. Défense avec la paume de main sur une tentative de saisie Le terme défense personnelle, ou le terme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Self defense — Défense personnelle Pour les articles homonymes, voir Autodéfense. Défense avec la paume de main sur une tentative de saisie Le terme défense personnelle, ou le terme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Self défense — Défense personnelle Pour les articles homonymes, voir Autodéfense. Défense avec la paume de main sur une tentative de saisie Le terme défense personnelle, ou le terme …   Wikipédia en Français

  • self-defense — self defensive, adj. /self di fens , self /, n. 1. the act of defending one s person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant: the art of self defense. 2. a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or… …   Universalium

  • Self-Defense — • The right of a private person to employ force against any one who unjustly attacks his life or person, his property or good name Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Self Defense     Self Defense …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • self-défense — [sɛlfdefɑ̃s] n. f. ÉTYM. 1873, in Höfler; 1869 comme mot angl., in Höfler; 1899 en zool. in Année sc. et industr. 1900, p. 151; angl. self defense, de self , et defense « défense ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Procédé de défense où la personne attaquée n utilise …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • self-defense — self de fense noun uncount 1. ) actions that you take or force that you use in order to protect yourself: in self defense: Margaret claims she was acting in self defense when she shot him. 2. ) fighting skills that you can use to defend yourself… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-defense — [self′di fens′] n. 1. defense of oneself or of one s rights, beliefs, actions, etc. 2. the skill of boxing: usually in the phrase manly art of self defense 3. Law the right to defend oneself with whatever force is reasonably necessary against… …   English World dictionary

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