self-censorship

censorship

[sen-ser-ship]
noun
1.
the act or practice of censoring.
2.
the office or power of a censor.
3.
the time during which a censor holds office.
4.
the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.

Origin:
1585–95; censor + -ship

anticensorship, adjective
precensorship, noun
procensorship, adjective
self-censorship, noun
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censorship (ˈsɛnsəˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  a policy or programme of censoring
2.  the act or system of censoring
3.  psychoanal the activity of the mind in regulating impulses, etc, from the unconscious so that they are modified before reaching the conscious mind

self-censorship
 
n
the regulation of a group's actions and statements by its own members rather than an external agency

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censorship
1591, "office of a censor," from censor + -ship. Meaning "action of censoring" is from 1856.
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