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I would, therefore, say that for no reason whatsoever, except in self-defence, should one think of killing any animal.
Morarji Desai

Meaning of "self-defence" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SELF-DEFENCE

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SELF-DEFENCE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Self-Defence is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SELF-DEFENCE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

self-defence

Self-defense

Self-defense or self-defence is a countermeasure that involves defending oneself, one's property, or the well-being of another from harm. The use of the right of self-defense as a legal justification for the use of force in times of danger is available in many jurisdictions, but the interpretation varies widely.

Definition of self-defence in the English dictionary

The first definition of self-defence in the dictionary is the act of defending oneself, one's actions, ideas, etc. Other definition of self-defence is boxing as a means of defending the person. Self-Defence is also the right to defend one's person, family, or property against attack or threat of attack by the use of no more force than is reasonable.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SELF-DEFENCE

self-deceit
self-deception
self-deceptive
self-declared
self-defeating
self-defense
self-defensive
self-delusion
self-denial
self-denying
self-denyingly
self-deprecating
self-deprecatingly
self-deprecatory
self-depreciating
self-destruct
self-destruction
self-destructive
self-determination
self-determined

WORDS THAT END LIKE SELF-DEFENCE

at your convenience
boundary fence
chain-link fence
civil defence
criminal offence
defence
electric fence
fence
Ministry of Defence
offence
on the fence
over the fence
perimeter fence
picket fence
post-and-rail fence
rabbit-proof fence
ring fence
ring-fence
sit on the fence
take offence
the defence

Synonyms and antonyms of self-defence in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «self-defence» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SELF-DEFENCE

Find out the translation of self-defence to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of self-defence from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «self-defence» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自卫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

defensa propia
570 millions of speakers

English

self-defence
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आत्मरक्षा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

دِفَاعٌ عَنِ النَّفْس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

самозащита
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

autodefesa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আত্মরক্ষা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

autodéfense
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

pertahanan diri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Selbstverteidigung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自衛
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

정당방위
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pertahanan diri
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự tự vệ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சுய பாதுகாப்பு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वत: ची संरक्षण
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kendini savunma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

autodifesa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

samoobrona
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

самозахист
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

autoapărare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αυτοάμυνα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

selfverdediging
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

självförsvar
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

selvforsvar
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of self-defence

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFENCE»

The term «self-defence» is quite widely used and occupies the 36.817 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFENCE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about self-defence

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5 QUOTES WITH «SELF-DEFENCE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word self-defence.
1
James Corden
This arrogance thing... I've had that my whole life. I flip between, 'Oh really? Oh, thank you. Wow. That's amazing' and, 'Yeah! Of course I am.' They're both varying degrees of a self-defence mechanism. It can be from minute to minute that I change.
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Jefferson Davis
A people morally and intellectually equal to self-government must also be equal in self-defence.
3
Morarji Desai
I would, therefore, say that for no reason whatsoever, except in self-defence, should one think of killing any animal.
4
Arthur Henderson
But to cut off relations with an aggressor may often invite retaliation by armed action, and this would, in its turn, make necessary some form of collective self-defence by the loyal members of the League.
5
Ariel Sharon
Legitimate steps of self-defence which Israel takes in its war against Palestinian terror - actions which any sovereign state is obligated to undertake to ensure the security of its citizens - are presented by those who hate Israel as aggressive, Nazi-like steps.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SELF-DEFENCE»

Discover the use of self-defence in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to self-defence and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
War, Aggression and Self-Defence
With many segments having been rewritten to reflect recent State practice, this book remains a wide-ranging and highly readable introduction to the legal issues surrounding war and self-defence.
Yoram Dinstein, 2011
2
Self-defence in International Law
"Throughout the work there is a refusal to dogmatize or to state in absolute terms any aspect of the 'privilege' of self-defence in its present context. (...) [Bowett] is to be congratulated on producing a timely and scholarly survey of one ...
D. W. Bowett, 1958
3
The Inherent Right of Self-Defence in International Law
This book unravels the legal and factual complications that have obscured the answer to this question.
Murray Colin Alder, 2012
4
The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence: The Manly Art of ...
The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence commemorates Barton-Wright's exploits and the fighting techniques of the famous sleuth himself (though Conan-Doyle mischievously spelled it Baristu).
E. W. Barton-Wright, 2013
5
Killing in Self-defence
This book is a comprehensive analysis of the criminal defence of self-defence from a philosophical, legal and human rights perspective.
Fiona Leverick, 2006
6
Permissible Killing: The Self-Defence Justification of Homicide
This is a lucid and sophisticated account of the complex notion of justification, revolving around a critical discussion of recent trends in the law of self-defense.
Suzanne Uniacke, 1996
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Anticipatory Action in Self-Defence: Essence and Limits ...
This book examines whether anticipatory action in self-defence is part of customary international law and, if so, under what conditions.
Kinga Tibori Szabó, 2011
8
Self-defence in Criminal Law
Combining a careful philosophical discussion of the rationale justifying self-defence with a discussion of the range of statutory self-defence requirements, this book offers discussions of other relevant issues such as putative self-defense ...
Boaz Sangero, 2006
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Self-Defence in 30 Seconds
Whether you are a complete novice or an advanced Black Belt, Self-Defence in 30 Seconds will teach you how to empower your body with your most powerful weapon – your mind!
Rob Redenbach, Robert Redenbach, 2012
10
Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature ...
This book innovatively situates both well-known and more obscure themes within the cultural context of the development of self-defence for ladies during the period from circa 1850 to 1914.
Emelyne Godfrey, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SELF-DEFENCE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term self-defence is used in the context of the following news items.
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Sunderland man had baseball bat 'for self-defence'
A man has admitted possession of an offensive weapon, claiming he took a baseball bat to defend himself after his girlfriend told him a group of men were after ... «Sunderland Echo, Jul 15»
2
Japan's (self) defence forces
This year, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force commissioned its largest vessel yet - a new helicopter carrier - the JS Izumo. This could potentially embark a ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
3
Charleston shooting: For every criminal killed in self-defence in the …
The challenge to that argument is that, data shows, guns are rarely used in self-defence in the US — especially relative to the rate at which they're used in ... «The Independent, Jun 15»
4
Teaching women self-defence still the best way to reduce sexual …
In the debate over how to reduce sexual assault on university campuses, proposing self-defence classes for women is controversial. Women aren't the problem, ... «The Globe and Mail, Jun 15»
5
Nepal earthquake survivors get self-defence classes after sexual …
Nepalese police officers conduct a self-defence training session for women and children at a shelter for earthquake victims in Kathmandu. Photograph: Prakash ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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Nepal earthquake: Self-defence for quake survivors
The Nepalese police say they are giving self-defence classes to women and children earthquake survivors who are living in temporary shelters in the capital ... «BBC News, Jun 15»
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No charges over 'self-defence' stabbing
Charges have not been laid against a man who stabbed a 40-year-old Mount Manganui man in the chest during a confrontation. A coroners report has found ... «New Zealand Herald, Jun 15»
8
Saudi Shia mobilise self-defence groups
Some within the community have called for the arming of groups, sparking fears that self-defence civilian forces could form the first step towards militias such as ... «Financial Times, May 15»
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Bring back self-defence classes for women – it's the feminist thing to …
Hearing that a female kickboxer defeated her attacker makes me wonder why self-defence is so outmoded. It certainly helped me when I needed it most. «The Guardian, May 15»
10
Japan self-defence laws reform backed by cabinet
Japan has moved closer towards allowing its military to fight abroad with its cabinet approving reforms to its self-defence laws. The reforms will still need to be ... «BBC News, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Self-Defence [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/self-defence>. Apr 2021 ».
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