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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