Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Se Defendendo Definition:

Latin: self-defence.

Related Terms: Deadly Force, Stand Your Ground, Self-Defence

A species of excusable homicide; the killing of another human being in self-defense.

Traditionally, the common law set up three varieties of homicide: justifiable, excusable and felonious.

Deaths which result from incidents of self-defense are excusable homicides. The other type of excusable homicide per infortunium or by mis-adventure.

Categories & Topics:

Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only)

If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!