self-defence


noun

the act of defending oneself, one's actions, ideas, etc
boxing as a means of defending the person (esp in the phrase noble art of self-defence)
law the right to defend one's person, family, or property against attack or threat of attack by the use of no more force than is reasonable

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Derived forms of self-defence

self-defensive, adjective
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