In 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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