gag rule


: a rule saying that people are not allowed to speak freely or express their opinions about a particular subject
The law prohibits insurance companies from imposing gag rules that limit communication between doctors and their patients.

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“Gag rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

gag rule

: a law, order, or ruling that prohibits free debate or expression of ideas, information, or opinions
a long-standing Florida gag rule barring people from discussing complaints they made against police officersNational Law Journal
specifically : a rule limiting or prohibiting debate on an issue in a legislative assembly (as the U.S. House of Representatives)
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