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free speech

n.
2. Speech protected from government restraint by legal means, such as the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

free speech

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the right to express one's opinions publicly

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.
Translations
حُريَّة التَّعْبير
svoboda projevu
ytringsfrihed
szólásszabadság
málfrelsi
konuşma özgürlüğü

free speech

nlibertà di parola

free

(friː) adjective
1. allowed to move where one wants; not shut in, tied, fastened etc. The prison door opened, and he was a free man.
2. not forced or persuaded to act, think, speak etc in a particular way. free speech; You are free to think what you like.
3. (with with) generous. He is always free with his money/advice.
4. frank, open and ready to speak. a free manner.
5. costing nothing. a free gift.
6. not working or having another appointment; not busy. I shall be free at five o'clock.
7. not occupied, not in use. Is this table free?
8. (with of or from) without or no longer having (especially something or someone unpleasant etc). She is free from pain now; free of charge.
verbpast tense, past participle freed
1. to make or set (someone) free. He freed all the prisoners.
2. (with from or of) to rid or relieve (someone) of something. She was able to free herself from her debts by working at an additional job.
ˈfreedom noun
the state of not being under control and being able to do whatever one wishes. The prisoner was given his freedom.
ˈfreely adverb
1. in a free manner. to give freely to charity; to speak freely.
2. willingly; readily. I freely admit it was my fault.
Freefone® noun
(also freephone ; American toll-free number) a telephone number of a business or an organization that can be used free of charge by their customers etc; the system giving this service.
ˌfree-for-ˈall noun
a contest, debate etc in which anyone can take part.
ˈfreehand adjective, adverb
(of a drawing etc) (done) without any instruments (eg a ruler) to guide the hand.
ˈfreehold adjective
(of land, property etc) belonging completely to the owner, not just for a certain time.
ˈfreelance noun, adjective
(of or done by) a person who is working on his own, not for any one employer. a freelance journalist; freelance work.
verb
to work in this way. He is freelancing now.
Freepost noun
a system in Britain in which a business or an organization pays the cost of the post sent to it.
free ˈskating noun
a free style in ice-skating competitions.
free speech
the right to express an opinion freely. I believe in free speech.
free trade
trade with foreign countries without customs duties, taxes etc.
ˈfreeway noun
a motorway.
ˌfreeˈwheel verb
to travel (downhill) on a bicycle, in a car etc without using mechanical power.
free will
the ability to choose and act freely. He did it of his own free will.
a free hand
freedom to do whatever one likes. He gave her a free hand with the servants.
set free
to make (someone) free. The soldiers set the terrorists' prisoners free.
References in classic literature ?
He heard his sister's sufferings derided, and her virtuous conduct jeered at and brutally misconstrued; he heard her name bandied from mouth to mouth, and herself made the subject of coarse and insolent wagers, free speech, and licentious jesting.
TEIRESIAS King as thou art, free speech at least is mine To make reply; in this I am thy peer.
It is but the other day that the brave Lovejoy gave his breast to the bullets of a mob, for the rights of free speech and opinion, and died when it was better not to live.
This town is said to have the largest houses for oxen, cows, and horses hereabouts, and it is not behindhand in its public buildings; but there are very few halls for free worship or free speech in this county.
"Whereas," says he, "Mr Clennam might now believe, if I entertained his proposition, that I had a sinister and designing motive in what was open free speech. Which I can't bear," says he, "which I really
His tongue itched for free speech again, and but a week back the lightest word clogged it like ashes.
Broadcaster Russia Today and EDL founder Tommy Robinson complain their rights to free speech have been breached, but the rule of law is vital to a free society.
LONDON -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was heckled by a Canadian journalist during a panel discussion on free speech in London, the media reported on Friday.
Virginia's resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or restrained.
Democracy without free speech is authoritarianism masquerading as the voice of the people.
American Republic, free speech was conceived as a natural right that
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today defended his right to free speech, after he was criticised for making purportedly anti-Semitic remarks in the UK.