countermeasure that involves defending oneself from harm
Self-defense is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm.
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- He knew from experience that “self-defense” could mean whatever a person or group wanted it to mean.
- Self-defense is the clearest of all laws; and for this reason - the lawyers didn't make it.
- Douglas William Jerrold, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).