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clear and present danger

noun clear and pres·ent dan·ger

legal Definition of clear and present danger

: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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