Origin of self-defense
Examples from the Web for self-defence
He consents, for example, to desist from self-defence, that he and all may be more effectually defended by the public force.Slavery|William E. Channing
Marmont ordered that there should be no more firing, except in self-defence, and tried in vain to make truce with the rebels.Liberty In The Nineteenth Century|Frederic May Holland
“I have had some reason,” Lucy said, with a terrible eagerness of self-defence.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I was dreadfully agitated, and supposing that my death was immediately to follow, instinctively seized my musket in self-defence.
It had been to her what its sting is to the bee—a thing which if once used in self-defence is self-destructive.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini