selfdefense

[ self-di-fens, self- ]SEE DEFINITION OF selfdefense
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELFDEFENSE

In selfdefense the South American states doubled their contributions.

In selfdefense all strangers were instantly put to death and in retaliation the invading throngs spared no native.

It has been necessary to turn machineguns on the immigrant boats—purely in selfdefense.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "act of defending oneself," first attested in Hobbes, from self- + defense. In sports sense, first with reference to fencing (1728), then boxing (1820s).

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