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The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense, with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his vision of America on the world stage.
Gwen Ifill

Meaning of "self-defense" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SELF-DEFENSE

self-defense  [ˌsɛlfdɪˈfɛns] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SELF-DEFENSE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Self-Defense 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-DEFENSE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

self-defense

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.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SELF-DEFENSE


commence
kəˈmɛns
common-sense
ˈkɒmənˈsɛns
defence
dɪˈfɛns
dense
dɛns
dispense
dɪˈspɛns
expense
ɪkˈspɛns
fence
fɛns
hence
hɛns
immense
ɪˈmɛns
incense
ˈɪnsɛns
intense
ɪnˈtɛns
nondefense
ˌnɒnˈdiːfɛns
offence
əˈfɛns
outfence
ˌaʊtˈfɛns
pence
pɛns
sense
sɛns
spence
spɛns
suspense
səˈspɛns
tense
tɛns
unfence
ʌnˈfɛns

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SELF-DEFENSE

self-deceit
self-deception
self-deceptive
self-declared
self-defeating
self-defence
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-DEFENSE

antiaircraft defense
common sense
condense
defense
Department of Defense
driver´s license
Hortense
license
make sense
mense
no-nonsense
nonsense
Odense
offense
Orense
Ourense
past tense
pretense
sixth sense
the offense

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

SYNONYMS

Translation of «self-defense» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SELF-DEFENSE

Find out the translation of self-defense to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of self-defense 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-defense» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自卫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

autodefensa
570 millions of speakers

English

self-defense
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आत्मरक्षा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الدفاع عن النفس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

самооборона
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

autodefesa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্ব প্রতিরক্ষা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

autodéfense
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

pertahanan diri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Notwehr
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自己防衛
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자기 방어
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pertahanan diri
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tự vệ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தற்காப்பு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्व - 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

самооборона
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

auto- apărare
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-defense

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFENSE»

The term «self-defense» is very widely used and occupies the 23.061 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFENSE» OVER TIME

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

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10 QUOTES WITH «SELF-DEFENSE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word self-defense.
1
Fred Allen
My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.
2
Frederic Bastiat
Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice?
3
Mel Brooks
I only direct in self-defense.
4
John Cena
I was very unique as a child, dressed a certain way, acted a certain way, didn't fit in with everybody. So I immediately got picked on, especially around the age of 12 and 13, when you start going to junior high and start mingling with the older kids. To counteract that, strictly for self-defense, I wanted to get bigger.
5
Barry Eisler
The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where you're most at risk.
6
Steven Erikson
All art is an intensely vulnerable gesture, and it is made with no small amounts of risk, and fear. So, I have plenty of sympathy for self-defense mechanisms, especially among artists.
7
Dan Gelber
At what point is someone precluded from availing themselves of the justification of self-defense because of their own poor judgment or bad behavior?
8
Ed Gillespie
When you look at where the Democratic field is going relative to foreign policy, they are increasingly moving away from a policy of pre-emptive self-defense that the president has adopted since September 11.
9
Gwen Ifill
The President has launched a very agressive campaign of self-defense, with the goal of getting Americans to buy into his vision of America on the world stage.
10
Karl Liebknecht
In the present imperialistic milieu there can be no wars of national self-defense.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SELF-DEFENSE»

Discover the use of self-defense in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to self-defense and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Psychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for ...
After finding herself the subject of a powerful psychic attack in the 1930’s, famed British occultist Dion Fortune wrote this detailed instruction manual on protecting oneself from paranormal attack.
Dion Fortune, 2011
2
Logical Self-defense
Classic work once again available.
Ralph Henry Johnson, J. Anthony Blair, 2006
3
A Short Course in Intellectual Self Defense
In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is ...
Normand Baillargeon, 2011
4
Arnis Self-Defense: Stick, Blade, and Empty-Hand Combat ...
The book then presents the distinct technical aspects of this indigenous fighting art.
Jose G. Paman, 2007
5
A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial
Legal expert George Fletcher uses the celebrated trial of New York's "Subway Vigilante", Bernhard Goetz, as a springboard to probe the profound relationship between this defensive action, the public's understanding of it, and the court's ...
George P. Fletcher, 1988
6
The Practical Psychic Self-Defense Handbook: A Survival Guide
This is a highly anecdotal and comprehensive practical guide to the dark side of the psychic universe.
Robert Bruce, 2011
7
War and Self-defense
When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defence'. David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer.
David Rodin, 2002
8
Justified Killing: The Paradox of Self-defense
In Justified Killing, Whitley R. P. Kaufman argues that none of the leading theories adequately explains why it is permissible even to kill an innocent attacker in self-defense, given the basic moral prohibition against killing the innocent ...
Whitley R. P. Kaufman, 2009
9
Self-defense Techniques and Tactics
Provides photo-illustrated instructions for self-defense techniques, describing the skills and strategies to feel safe in different environments, and explaining how to assess threats, spot potential danger, disarm attackers, and more.
Joseph B. Walker, 2003
10
Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education
Even if you have no knowledge of self-defense strategies, with this book you can teach your students personal safety, conflict-resolution techniques, and self-defense tactics.
Joan L. Neide, 2009

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

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term self-defense is used in the context of the following news items.
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Watch what happens when regular people try to use handguns in …
Now a new study from researchers at Mount St. Mary's University sheds some light on why people don't use guns in self-defense very often. As it turns out, ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
2
Sean 'Diddy' Combs says he was acting in self-defense during …
A representative for Sean “Diddy” Combs told the Associated Press that the rap mogul was acting in “self-defense” during his alleged altercation with a UCLA ... «USA TODAY, Jun 15»
3
Over 97% of homicides in America aren't committed in self-defense
Between 2008 and 2012, 42,419 people were killed by other people in the US using guns. Of those, just 1,108 were killed in self-defense. (The report's totals do ... «Quartz, Jun 15»
4
Gun and self-defense statistics that might surprise you -- and the NRA
Parsing 2012 numbers, the center counted 259 justifiable gun-related homicides, or incidents in which authorities ruled that killings occurred in self-defense. «Los Angeles Times, Jun 15»
5
Guns in America: For every criminal killed in self-defense, 34 …
The challenge to that argument is that, data show, guns are rarely used in self-defense -- especially relative to the rate at which they're used in criminal ... «Washington Post, Jun 15»
6
Using Guns In Self-Defense Is Rare, Study Finds
The report, titled "Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use" relied on FBI and Bureau of Justice data. The Violence Policy Center said ... «Huffington Post, Jun 15»
7
Self-defense in the UK Is Illegal
British citizens seeking advice on what's legal to use for self-defense found some answers at www.askthe.police.uk, a website sponsored and operated by the ... «The New American, Jun 15»
8
DA On Aurora Triple Shooting: 'Statutorily Codified Self-Defense'
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An investigation is underway after a shooting killed one person and injured two others, and the man who fired the gunshots won't face ... «CBS Local, May 15»
9
Police: Covington woman shoots ex-husband in self-defense
COVINGTON, Wash. - A woman shot her ex-husband overnight, but investigators say it appears to be a case of self-defense and the woman was not arrested. «KOMO News, May 15»
10
Man Claims He Shot At George Zimmerman In Self-Defense
The driver who fired a single bullet into George Zimmerman's vehicle Monday says that the shooting was an act of self-defense. That contradicts claims from ... «Huffington Post, May 15»

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