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1. A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.
2. An official, as in the armed forces, who examines personal mail and official dispatches to remove information considered secret or a risk to security.
3. One that condemns or censures.
4. One of two officials in ancient Rome responsible for taking the public census and supervising public behavior and morals.
5. Psychology The component of the unconscious that is posited by psychoanalytic theory to be responsible for preventing certain thoughts or feelings from reaching the conscious mind.
tr.v. cen·sored, cen·sor·ing, cen·sors
To examine and expurgate.

[Latin cēnsor, Roman censor, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots.]

cen′sor·a·ble adj.
cen·so′ri·al (sĕn-sôr′ē-əl) adj.
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Adj.1.censorial - belonging or relating to a censor or a censor's functions
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Is it to be imagined that a legislative assembly, consisting of a hundred or two hundred members, eagerly bent on some favorite object, and breaking through the restraints of the Constitution in pursuit of it, would be arrested in their career, by considerations drawn from a censorial revision of their conduct at the future distance of ten, fifteen, or twenty years?
This censorial body, therefore, proves at the same time, by its researches, the existence of the disease, and by its example, the inefficacy of the remedy.
Iran's censorial culture began long before the rule of the Pahlavi dynasty, but under Reza Shah, and then later under his son, Mohammad Reza Shah, the Iranian government sought to control newspapers and writers, particularly those with leftist or Marxist tendencies.
This burgeoning commercial world of theater, the increasing censorial power of Revels office and the popularity of cheap print all converged to ascribe an increasing value to the published script.
Arguing that "opinions are not the objects of legislation," Madison reminded his colleagues that in a republic, "the censorial power is in the people over the Government and not in the Government over the people.
The six ministries, the Court of Judicial Review, the Censorate, the Embroidered-Uniform Guard, the Five Chief Military Commissions, the Office of Transmission, the Court of the Imperial Clan, the censorial departments, and many prefectures each opened their own jingli si offices.
39) Behan's commentary here on the repression of stories of illicit clerical sexual behaviour condemns the censorial culture that facilitated the Republic of Ireland's hidden history of clerical abuse; that O'Connor casts Gilchrist and Mulleady as 'caricatures of English and not Irish prototypes', or claims Littlewood had 'succeeded in subduing the local element' through the additional characters seems to miss this very strikingly Irish context, which would, needless to say, not have been facilitated at An Darner.
The information has emerged, and no force -- however censorial -- can undo what has been done.
Specifically, deference is a malleable concept they can invoke, regardless of the name of the standard of review they purport to apply, to help ease the burden of sustaining a law's constitutionality or, in the case of Morse, a government official's censorial actions.
208) In denying corporations the freedom to have this type of participation in political discourse, Michigan was restricting the corporation's speech based on content, which is "the essence of censorial power.
Such censorial restrictions on councillors' ability to communicate with their constituents through the media seems unlikely - even if too often public information from local authorities, and especially government departments, are overly controlled by communications teams.