freedom of speech

noun
the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.
Also called free speech.


Origin:
1940–45

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freedom of speech definition


The right to speak without censorship or restraint by the government. Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. (See clear and present danger.)

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Example sentences
Finally, you seem to forget the freedom of speech which applies to legal
  immigrants too.
Talk to friends and who ever you want to tell that's freedom of speech.
We live in a country where there is freedom of speech, and that includes
  freedom to lie.
Freedom of speech has limits, and false advertising is one of them.
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