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self- +‎ defense. First used by Hobbes in the 1650s.

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self-defense ‎(uncountable)

  1. The means of defending oneself from physical attack.
  2. (law) The right to protect oneself against violence by using reasonable force, can be used as justification in several charges including murder, assault, and battery.

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