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self-defencenoun [U]

UK (US self-defense) uk   /ˌself.dɪˈfens/  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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