self-censorship

noun
self-cen·​sor·​ship | \ ˌself-ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship How to pronounce self-censorship (audio) \
plural self-censorships

Definition of self-censorship

: the act or action of refraining from expressing something (such as a thought, point of view, or belief) that others could deem objectionable What effects does self-censorship have on the accuracy and predictive validity of opinion polls?— Samuel J. Best and Benjamin Radcliff If self-censorship were ineffective, direct prohibition would be substituted.— Raymond Hutchings

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self-censor \ ˌself-​ˈsen(t)-​sər How to pronounce self-censor (audio) \ verb, transitive + intransitive self-censored; self-censoring; self-censors
She self-censors her language around the children. I know our interrogators wouldn't want us to answer that question. I feel an overwhelming need to self-censor. "We can't really talk about that," I say. — Shane Bauer et al.

First Known Use of self-censorship

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-censorship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-censorship. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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