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noun cen·sor·ship \ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship\

Definition of censorship

  1. 1a :  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. 2 :  the office, power, or term of a Roman censor

  3. 3 :  exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor

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Origin and Etymology of censorship

1censor + -ship


CENSORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of censorship for English Language Learners

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


CENSORSHIP Defined for Kids

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noun cen·sor·ship \ˈsen-sər-ˌship\

Definition of censorship for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

censorship

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noun cen·sor·ship \ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship\

Medical Definition of censorship

  1. :  exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor


Law Dictionary

censorship

noun cen·sor·ship

Legal Definition of censorship

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



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