clear and present danger

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Noun1.clear and present danger - a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged; "no one has a right to shout `fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety"
danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
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Scott Shieldes, Rethinking the Clear and Present Danger Test, 73 IND.
dissenting) (arguing that majority incorrectly applies clear and present danger test to case with no showing of imminent threat to national security arising out of defendant's speech).