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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Translations
svoboda slova
آزادی بیان
sananvapaus
szólásszabadság
yttrandefrihet
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Davy was not prepared for such a concrete example of the freedom of speech.
One of the changes to the 1987 Constitution proposed by a subcommittee of the House committee on constitutional amendments is the inclusion of a qualifier to the freedom of speech provision under Article III.
He was commenting on the remarks of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Desir, on the freedom of speech and information, about the situation of the media in Azerbaijan, which he made in an interview with the Voice of America radio.
Most judges in Egypt lean towards restricting the freedom of speech in their interpretation of the laws.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (US constitution, website).
While making references to Bassam Tibi's idea of 'doing whatever it takes to reconcile Islam with modern values,' Kolig expresses the idea that ossified Islamicist principles constitute an obstacle for the freedom of speech.
They asked to see the difference between the freedom of speech and permissiveness, which is unacceptable.
As far as the use of the name of historically respected personality like Mahatma Gandhi is concerned, an attempt is being made to put the freedom of speech on the pedestal of an absolute concept.
The freedom of speech was the planned protest, not invading the pitch.
8220;If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
However, the Kuwaiti Government is looking to upgrade laws that are related to electronic media, the ministry said, noting that the new electronic media law will not contradict with the freedom of speech that is guaranteed by the constitution.