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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.
He said Cronin's statement "is a smoking gun of the county's censorial intent to violate the First Amendment."
In treating the actuality or potentiality of political branch protections as relevant to the scope of public employees' First Amendment rights, courts ignore one of the foundations of much free speech theory and doctrine: that is, fear that government will abuse censorial powers.
There is an apocryphal story that the Nepalese believe that they have two elder brothers - the first, an interfering, censorial and patronizing one, namely India, and the second, a non-interfering, benign and respectful one, namely China.
Although he insisted on the importance of distinguishing between expository jurisprudence (about what the law is) and censorial jurisprudence (about what it ought to be), Bentham's science of legislation was first and foremost a critique and a program of reform of both the common law and the English constitution.
The federal courts, including the Supreme Court, widely condoned the government's heavy-handed arrests and other censorial practices as necessary to the war effort.
To engage in the practice of RLA the legal analyst must not be an outsider critic of the legal system as assumed by Bentham's censorial jurisprudence, but must act as an insider participant in this reiterative practice of RLA.
In addition to the influence of its censorial and technological constraints, TV has shaped horror by ensconcing it within other types of narrative tradition.
This results from several factors, including the private nature of our digital infrastructure; the censorial power of companies (at times exerted at the behest of non-U.S.
'Each of the five case studies examined here (two playwrights, one literary form, one performance practice, and one type of theater) displays complex and heterogeneous accounts of the poor, going well beyond the neatly censorial view but not limited to uncritical sympathy as well' (8).
Not only were previously outlawed authors welcomed back into the fold, but theatrical practitioners, who for long had labored under the dual pressures of economic hardship and censorial intolerance, began at last to experiment and diversify.