In self-defense

(Law) in protection of self, - it being permitted in law to a party on whom a grave wrong is attempted to resist the wrong, even at the peril of the life of the assailiant.
- Wharton.

See also: Self-defense

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It is put to us [the authorities] to prove that you were not acting in self-defense," Sheriff Dutton said.
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