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chilling effect

a discouraging or deterring effect, especially one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.
Origin of chilling effect
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The law could also have a chilling effect on other online book sites.
  • In some areas of the country, local actions have already shut down bulletin boards and had a chilling effect on free speech.
  • Despite any chilling effect, the downloading revolution is unlikely to stall.
  • Its decision could have a chilling effect on the press.
  • chilling effect concerns, largely at one operating site, made up the largest percentage of concerns received nationwide.
  • Such practices and policies, once identified, should be changed to eliminate any possible chilling effect on enrollment.
  • We fear that it could have a chilling effect on continued industry innovation in risk management procedures.

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