Meaning of self-defence in English:


Pronunciation /sɛlfdɪˈfɛns/


mass noun
  • The defence of one's person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime.

    ‘he claimed self-defence in the attempted murder charge’
    • ‘self-defence classes’
    • ‘In such circumstances the wounding of V would not be unlawful as it would be justified by the defence of self-defence.’
    • ‘There can be no doubt that the magistrates were entitled to reject the argument of self-defence or defence of another.’
    • ‘Plainly this defence must not be confused with self-defence under public international law.’
    • ‘It seems clear that the judge also rejected the defences of accident and self-defence.’
    • ‘These features of the defence of self-defence are critical to the outcome of this appeal.’
    • ‘Is it not the common law that a citizen is entitled to use self-defence in the case of wrongful arrest?’
    • ‘It was indeed a strategy, but it derived its force from the willing abdication of the right to physical self-defense.’
    • ‘There are currently no grounds for a claim to use such force in self-defence.’
    • ‘The jury had clearly rejected self-defence and the judge therefore had to make some sense of it.’
    • ‘There you might be convicted of manslaughter on the basis of excessive self-defence.’
    • ‘That was the trial judge's view as well and he did not leave self-defence to the jury.’
    • ‘Inaccurate and dangerous, muskets are not very useful for crime or self-defense.’
    • ‘They point out that Rand decisively rejects the use of force except in self-defense.’
    • ‘I tell him that nothing comes before family and I would try to claim self-defense.’
    • ‘Rather, it is that some revision of the definition of self-defense is necessary.’
    • ‘This does not exclude the right of justified self-defense of individuals or communities.’
    • ‘It was thrown to him to use in self-defence presumably and he did just that.’
    • ‘I would condone it myself but the point is, it was self-defence and protection of that child.’
    • ‘The one application of this principle is the doctrine of self-defence.’
    • ‘If a man shoots another in self-defence, or under gross provocation, the death is not caused by accident.’