censorship

noun cen·sor·ship \ ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of censorship

1 a :the institution, system, or practice of censoring
  • They oppose government censorship.
b :the actions or practices of censors; especially :censorial control exercised repressively
  • censorship that has … permitted a very limited dispersion of facts
  • —Philip Wylie
2 :the office, power, or term of a Roman censor
3 :exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor

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Origin and Etymology of censorship


CENSORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

censorship

noun

Definition of censorship for English Language Learners

  • : the system or practice of censoring books, movies, letters, etc.


CENSORSHIP Defined for Kids

censorship

noun cen·sor·ship \ ˈsen-sər-ˌship \

Definition of censorship for Students

:the system or practice of examining writings or movies and taking out things considered offensive or immoral

Medical Dictionary

censorship

noun cen·sor·ship \ ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship \

medical Definition of censorship

:exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor

Law Dictionary

censorship

noun cen·sor·ship

legal Definition of censorship

:the institution, system, or practice of censoring — compare freedom of speech, prior restraint


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