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freedom of speech

n.
The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Also called free speech.

free′dom of speech′


n.
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.
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Noun1.freedom of speech - a civil right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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There could not be greater form of expressive conduct.
Signers warn that the outcome of the case could have broad implications for the civil rights of groups that already face discrimination and that creating exemptions to public accommodations laws in this case based on a businesss arguably expressive conduct or religious belief would undermine the governments interest in prohibiting discrimination against minority groups.
23) Relevant to our discussion of Barnes and City of Erie, expressive conduct is also treated as speech if there is an intent to convey a particularized message and a great likelihood that the message will be understood, (24) and regulations of it are subject to either type of scrutiny depending on whether the law is facially content-based or content-neutral.
As we explained in Barnes, however, nude dancing of the type at issue here is expressive conduct, although we think that it falls only within the outer ambit of the First Amendment's protection.
Generally speaking, regulations of expressive conduct "bring
Measure B's condom requirement is not a regulation of expressive conduct because it regulates filming, an act of producing speech, not disseminating it.
The First Amendment protects much more than just the spoken word -- it also protects expressive conduct,'' Mr.
Throughout a long line of cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has been called upon to determine when society's desire to proscribe certain speech or expressive conduct, announced in statutory law, runs afoul of the constitutional guarantee of free speech.
This textbook begins with historical and conceptual background then addresses expressive conduct, commercial speech, mass media regulation, and sexually explicit speech, among other topics, before devoting the last four of the 16 chapters to the religion clauses.
27) A third mode, through a different form of intermediate scrutiny, addresses expressive conduct and evaluates "content-neutral restrictions" by directly balancing "the impairment of expression against the degree to which the regulation accomplishes the government's permissible purposes.