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free speech

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noun
  1. freedom of speech.
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Origin of free speech

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for free speech

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Historical Examples

  • Weinstock, Harris, report on San Diego free-speech fight, 266.

    The I.W.W.

    Paul Frederick Brissenden

  • "You might look worse 'n him," replied our free-speech hostess.

    Immortal Youth

    Lucien Price

  • They cannot sustain a live organization unless they have a strike or free-speech fight to stimulate their spirit.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • No attempt is made here to go into the various strikes and free-speech controversies in more than a very cursory manner.

    The I.W.W.

    Paul Frederick Brissenden

  • During the next few years after the schism of 1908 these free-speech struggles became rather frequent.

    The I.W.W.

    Paul Frederick Brissenden


British Dictionary definitions for free speech

free speech

noun
  1. the right to express one's opinions publicly
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