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prior restraint

noun
1.
a court order banning publication of unpublished material.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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  • Censorship, which imposes a prior restraint upon the reader, is always bad.
  • As a form of prior restraint, licensing schemes commonly contain two defects: discretion and the opportunity for delay.

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