clear and present danger
The standard set by the Supreme Court for judging when freedom of speech may lawfully be limited. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., illustrated the point by arguing that no one has a constitutional right to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater when no fire is present, for such action would pose a “clear and present danger” to public safety. (See First Amendment (see also First Amendment).)
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How to use clear and present danger in a sentence
As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
But the tide was turning on this issue, an email from another constituent made clear.
In his view, a writer has only one duty: to be present in his books.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
But Mrs. Dodd, the present vicar's wife, retained the precious prerogative of choosing the book to be read at the monthly Dorcas.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But the greatest danger I ever underwent in that kingdom was from a monkey, who belonged to one of the clerks of the kitchen.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
In particular the Governor of Adinskoy offered us a guard of fifty men to the next station, if we apprehended any danger.
The Rev. Alonzo Barnard, seventy-one years of age, accompanied by his daughter, was present.
Several pioneers familiar with the facts of the tragedy at the time of its occurrence were also present.