Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Used in connection with killing in self-defense as meaning that one must do all in his power to avoid killing his assailant. See 96 Minn. 318, 2 L. R. A. (N. S.) 49, 104 N. W. 971.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A metaphorical expression, used in connection with homicide done in self-defense, signifying the exhaustion of every possible means of escape or of averting the assault, bsfore kllling the assailant.