chilling effect

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chill′ing effect`

a discouraging or deterring effect, esp. one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.
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I perceived my answer pleased him; he had doubtless expected to see a chilling effect produced by his steady announcement that he would give me neither wine nor spirits; he just shot one searching glance at my face to ascertain whether my cordiality was genuine or a mere feint of politeness.
Martial law has a chilling effect and as Respondent Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief admitted during the oral arguments, the declaration is 'partly psychological' as it pictures and embeds in the minds of the populace that a 'strong authority is in charge'.
A spokesman said: "Wind significantly lowers the 'feelslike' temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds adding to the chilling effect.
District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors - Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter - couldn't present any "concrete evidence to substantiate their fears" that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.
The end result will be a chilling effect on simple legal advice regarding employee or collective bargaining issues.
The Tanaiste's spokesman added: "This is something that could have a chilling effect on consumer sentiment.
To the extent that courts and commentators have considered why speaker's intent should determine First Amendment protection, they have relied upon the chilling effect.
We can have tough self-regulation of the press with million pound fines, prominent apologies, without having the potentially chilling effect that statutory underpinning would bring.
I do not think we should do anything to jeopardise our leadership (in Europe) and we certainly should not do anything which would have a chilling effect on jobs in this country," he said.
I recognised that the Prime Minister had said that it was right to set up the inquiry but I wanted to find out whether Mr Gove was speaking for the Government, whether it was thought that the very existence of the inquiry was having a chilling effect on healthy, vibrant journalism, and whether the Government had effectively a settled view on any potential recommendations.
This is having a chilling effect on our economy and every day it goes on not being resolved is a day that is not good for our economic prospects.
The judge said the law "would have a chilling effect on speech.