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overbreadth

noun over·breadth \ˌō-vər-ˈbredth, -ˈbretth; ˈō-vər-ˌ\

Legal Definition of overbreadth

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being overbroad a statute void for overbreadth

  2. 2 :  a doctrine in constitutional law: a law that prohibits protected conduct (as free speech) as part of its reach may be struck down as unconstitutional if the threat to protected activity is a substantial effect and if it cannot be clearly removed; also :  a doctrine allowing a defendant accused of unprotected conduct to challenge a law for overbreadth especially in the area of free speech


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