chilling effect

noun

Legal Definition of chilling effect

: a usually undesirable discouraging effect or influence the chilling effect it will have on the assertion of legitimate claims— S. V. Bomse used especially of First Amendment violations

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“Chilling effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/chilling%20effect. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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