se defendendo

[ see dee-fen-den-doh ]
/ si ˌdi fɛnˈdɛn doʊ /

adverb Law.

in self-defense: homicide committed se defendendo.

Origin of se defendendo

First recorded in 1540–50, se defendendo is from the Latin word sē dēfendendō
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