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English definition of “self-defence”

self-defence

noun [U] UK (US self-defense)     /ˌself.dɪˈfens/
protection of yourself, either by fighting or discussion : He used the gun in self-defence. In self-defence, I have to say that I only did what you asked me to do.Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues the skill of fighting without weapons to protect yourself: She goes to self-defence classes for women.Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
(Definition of self-defence noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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