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self-defence

noun [U] UK (US self-defense) uk   us   /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. the skill of fighting without weapons to protect yourself: She goes to self-defence classes for women.
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