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[vee-chip] /ˈviˌtʃɪp/
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” Unabridged
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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 definition

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.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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