vchip

V-chip

[vee-chip]
noun
a computer chip or other electronic device that blocks the reception of violent or sexually explicit television shows.

Origin:
1990–95; v(iolent) or v(iolence) + chip (def 5)

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V-chip
 
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a device within a television set that allows the set to be programmed not to receive transmissions that have been classified as containing sex, violence, or obscene language

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V-chip definition


A congressionally mandated embedded microchip for television sets that automatically blocks sexual or violent programming when activated.

Note: As of 2002, all TV sets sold in the United States contained a V-chip.
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