freedom of speech

noun phrase

: the legal right to express one's opinions freely

Examples of freedom of speech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Half the members of the Santa Ana City Council can’t distinguish between freedom of speech and bullying. Letters To The Editor, Orange County Register, 27 Mar. 2024 The legislation was quickly criticized by civil rights and advocacy groups, arguing that similar policies impede on the freedom of speech. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2024 He was convicted, but appealed, citing his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Activists say such laws can clash with constitutional rights, including freedom of speech. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 That interaction led to a brief argument about freedom of speech. Jeff A. Chamer, Charlotte Observer, 1 Mar. 2024 As part of Putin's clampdown on dissent, authorities in Russia have in recent years adopted a slew of laws restricting human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, as well as the rights of minorities and religious groups. Kim Hjelmgaard and Anna Nemtsova, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Their case, in part, hinged on claims of violations of their First Amendment freedom of speech constitutional rights. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2024 Related Stories The artistic chief argued statements made on stage at Saturday’s closing awards gala were protected under German freedom of speech laws. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2024

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“Freedom of speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freedom%20of%20speech. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

freedom of speech

: 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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