Definition of self-defence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌself dɪˈfens//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌself dɪˈfens//
    (British English) (North American English self-defense) [uncountable]
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  1. 1something you say or do in order to protect yourself when you are being attacked, criticized, etc. The man later told police that he was acting in self-defence.
  2. 2the skill of being able to protect yourself from physical attack without using weapons I'm taking classes in self-defence.
  3. Extra examples He told police that he had acted in self-defence. I own a gun for self-defence. The women learn self-defence to protect themselves. self-defence against armed assailants