defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

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defend (oneself or someone) with (something)

To use something to protect (someone or something) against a physical attack. When John realized that a burglar was in the house, he tried to defend himself with a baseball bat.
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defend someone with something

to repel danger from someone with something. Here, defend yourself with this club. Mary defended herself with karate.
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Those characteristics to be able to penetrate and be able to defend oneself with a stealthy aircraft, be able to penetrate the worst threats we see coming in surface-to-air missiles using stealth and supercruise.
Not all moral philosophers would find this solution unpalatable, since some already think that the strength of the entitlement to defend oneself with force varies with the culpability of one's assailant.
But is the liberty to defend oneself with force really as weak on Hobbes's account as the foregoing would suggest?
80) I have suggested that this right might be stronger than the right to self-defense and that therefore the State may limit the entitlement to defend oneself with force when it conflicts with the right to life of a bystander.