commercial speech

noun

Legal Definition of commercial speech

: speech (as advertising) that proposes a commercial transaction — compare pure speech, symbolic speech

Note: Commercial speech is entitled to a lesser level of protection under the First Amendment than speech which is an expression of one's thoughts.

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“Commercial speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/commercial%20speech. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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