true threat

noun

Legal Definition of true threat

: a threat that a reasonable person would interpret as a real and serious communication of an intent to inflict harm

Note: True threats are not protected as free speech by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and render the person making the threat liable to criminal prosecution.

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“True threat.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/true%20threat. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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