clear and present danger


clear and pres·​ent dan·​ger
: a risk or threat to safety or other public interests that is serious and imminent
especially : one that justifies limitation of a right (as freedom of speech or press) by the legislative or executive branch of government
a clear and present danger of harm to others or himself
see also freedom of speech, Schenck v. United States

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“Clear and present danger.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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