free speech

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Origin of free speech

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Contemporary Examples of free speech

  • Its insidious reach enters into medical offices and chokes off the free-speech rights of the people trying to work there.

  • Jacob Mchangama, a free-speech activist and author in Copenhagen, agrees.

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    The Repentant Radical

    Michael Moynihan

    September 17, 2013

  • But following an outcry from free-speech advocates and fellow filmmakers, officials eventually backed down.

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    The Last Jews of Egypt

    Alastair Beach

    March 28, 2013

  • From that, he notes, we derive everything essential in American free-speech rights.

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    Free Speech: A Cloistered Value?

    Hussein Ibish

    September 21, 2012

  • He's always proud to see American citizens exercising their free-speech rights.

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    Pop Culture and the Recession

    David Frum

    April 30, 2012

Historical Examples of free speech

  • 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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