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self-defence

1. boxing as a means of defending the person (esp in the phrase noble art of self-defence)
2. Law 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
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The explanation of this self-defensive attitude is that the critical analysis of the historical myths might jeopardize the basis of some current national representations.
French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud on June 30 told reporters: "We decided to provide self-defensive weapons to the civilian populations because we consider that these populations were under threat.
The Ethiopian government has taken self-defensive measures and started counterattacking the aggressive forces of the Islamic Courts and foreign terrorist groups" (1)--was how the Ethiopian Prime Minister declared the official start of the war between Ethiopia and the Union of Islamic Courts (hereinafter the UIC) on the night of December 24, 2006.
If the planned drills go ahead, "second and third self-defensive blows that cannot be predicted will be dealt," North Korea said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
Others cover the relationship between children's TV viewing and their spatial representational abilities, psychological empowerment of teachers and competencies of mental health education teachers in China, psychological quality, self-defensive attributions in industrial workers' occupation accidents, and the influence of working memory on cognitive load in multimedia learning.
The Self-Defensive Nature of China's Nuclear Policy Means That It Carries Out Central Deterrence but Not Extended Deterrence
32) Further, if a state acts too long before a threat manifests, one may question whether it was indeed necessary to exercise self-defensive force under the circumstances.
44) Thus, Leverick takes the position that culpability of the aggressor is not a necessary element in establishing the permissibility of using self-defensive force.
52) By the time the United States mounted its self-defensive response to 9/11 by invading Afahanistan, nearly a month had passed since the original attack.
Upon returning from Cadiz, three different writers negotiate the public construction of a self in their published descriptions of a disastrous military mission: John Glanville writes a dry, factual report as the official Secretary to the Lord Admiral, though other texts show him to have been an unwilling participant in the voyage; the Lord Admiral of the Fleet, Edward Lord Cecil, writes his own self-defensive version; and a Richard Peeeke [sic] or Pike produces a description of his solid English heroism in a work of popular propaganda that owes much to contemporary theater and fiction.
The article by Doug Larson is a good article, but to call four inches at 25 yards "plenty accurate for self-defensive purposes" is not exciting in the least.
She is justified on the reasons theory because, given the world as Alice takes it to be--a world in which Bert is running towards her with a club, intending to cause her harm--her self-defensive actions are required in order for her to preserve her life.