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V-chip

[vee-chip]
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noun
  1. a computer chip or other electronic device that blocks the reception of violent or sexually explicit television shows.

Origin of V-chip

1990–95; v(iolent) or v(iolence) + chip1 (in the sense “a microprocessor or integrated circuit”
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  • The V-chip requirement is part of the important telecommunications bill now pending in this Congress.

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British Dictionary definitions for v-chip

V-chip

noun
  1. a device within a television set that allows the set to be programmed not to receive transmissions that have been classified as containing sex, violence, or obscene language
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v-chip in Culture

V-chip

A congressionally mandated embedded microchip for television sets that automatically blocks sexual or violent programming when activated.

Note

As of 2002, all TV sets sold in the United States contained a V-chip.
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