freedom of speech


freedom of speech
noun
a civil right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑civil right

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freedom of speech [freedom of speech] noun [U]
the right to express any opinions in public. This right became part of American law under the ↑First Amendment. If the opinions expressed are false or damage a person’s reputation, however, that person can take legal action under US law. In Britain, people are free to express most opinions, but it is against the law to express some ideas, e.g. ideas that aim to cause ↑racial hatred.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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