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the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.

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Also called free speech.

Origin of freedom of speech

First recorded in 1940–45
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Cultural definitions for freedom of speech

freedom of speech

The right to speak without censorship or restraint by the government. Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment (see also First Amendment) to the Constitution. (See clear and present danger.)

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