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3 definitions found
 for self-defense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Self-defense \Self`-de*fense"\, n.
     The act of defending one's own person, property, or
     reputation.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     In self-defense (Law), in protection of self, -- it being
        permitted in law to a party on whom a grave wrong is
        attempted to resist the wrong, even at the peril of the
        life of the assailiant. --Wharton.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  self-defense
      n 1: the act of defending yourself [syn: self-defense, self-
           defence, self-protection]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "self-defense":
     avoidance reaction, defence, defense, defense in depth,
     defense mechanism, defenses, deterrent capacity, ego defenses,
     escape mechanism, guard, negative taxis, protection,
     psychological defenses, resistance, self-preservation,
     self-protection, the defensive, ward
  
  

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