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self-help n: the act of redressing or preventing a wrong by one's own actions rather than through legal proceedings NOTE: The Uniform Commercial Code permits creditors to repossess collateral by self-help if it can be done without a breach of the peace.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.