freedom of speech

noun phrase

Definition of freedom of speech

: the legal right to express one's opinions freely

Word by Word Definitions

freedom play
  1. : the quality or state of being free: such as

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

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

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

  2. : exchange of spoken words : conversation

  3. : something that is spoken : utterance


Law Dictionary

freedom of speech

legal Definition of 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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