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gag law

  1. any law restricting freedom of the press, free speech, or the right of petition.
  2. gag rule.
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Origin of gag law

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Historical Examples of gag law

  • If the gag-law was attempted to be put in force, he would resist it to the last.

    Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)

    Thomas Hart Benton

  • This rule, in his opinion, much more deserved the character of a "Gag-law," than the Sedition law did.

  • So read the gag-law, as it was called, introduced in the House by Mr. Atherton.