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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