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freedom of speech

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 of freedom of speech
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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