from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Defense of oneself when physically attacked: took a course in self-defense.
- n. Defense of what belongs to oneself, as one's works or reputation.
- n. Law The right to protect oneself against violence or threatened violence with whatever force or means are reasonably necessary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The means of defending oneself from physical attack.
- n. The right to protect oneself against violence by using reasonable force, especially when used as justification in a murder charge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of defending one's own person, property, or reputation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of defending one's own person, property, or reputation; in law, the act of forcibly resisting a forcible attack upon one's own person or property, or upon the persons or property of those whom, by law, one has a right to protect and defend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of defending yourself
From the perspective of the fundamental national security of the United States, this action is legitimately viewed as an expression of self-defense.
It justifies the actions in the name of self-defense, "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism" against the U.S.
Privately he thanked me, knowing I could have killed him in the name of self-defense.
• Eye For A Head Bill: A bill that will allow Texan citizens to respond to personal attacks with exponential force in the name of self-defense.
Earlier on Saturday, the Qaddafi government appeared to be laying the groundwork for a potential strike in the name of self-defense.
â¢ Eye For A Head Bill: A bill that will allow Texan citizens to respond to personal attacks with exponential force in the name of self-defense.
The two primary exceptions to the prohibition are self-defense, which is obviously not applicable here, and operations authorized by the United Nations Security Council in response to a threat to international peace and security.
Maybe I'm too simple, but it seems to me that the legal scholars who are agonizing over the death of Anwar al-Awlaki "Killings Pose Legal Quandary for U.S.," World News, Oct. 1 should consider a simple legal concept called self-defense.
Ten bullets are more than enough for self-defense, which is why many people own a handgun. ...
His government, meanwhile, insisted the shooting of an unarmed bin Laden during a daring raid in Pakistan was lawful and in national self-defense.