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freedom of speech

Definition of freedom of speech

  1. :  the legal right to express one's opinions freely



Word by Word Definitions

freedomplay
  1. :  the quality or state of being free: as

    :  the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

    :  liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another :  independence

speechplay
  1. :  the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words

    :  exchange of spoken words :  conversation

    :  something that is spoken :  utterance


Law Dictionary

freedom of speech

  1. :  the right to express information, ideas, and opinions free of government restrictions based on content and subject only to reasonable limitations (as the power of the government to avoid a clear and present danger) especially as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution — see also free speech — compare censorship, prior restraint




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