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duty to retreat

[doo-tee tuh ri-treet, dyoo-tee] /ˈdu ti tə rɪˈtrit, ˈdyu ti/
noun, Law.
a legal principle that requires a person as a first response to back away or flee from a threatening situation rather than attempt self-defense by deadly force:
Duty to retreat has always been a debatable doctrine.
Origin of duty to retreat
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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