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.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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