the act or practice of censoring.
the office or power of a censor.
the time during which a censor holds office.
the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.

Origin of censorship

First recorded in 1585–95; censor + -ship
Related formsan·ti·cen·sor·ship, adjectivepre·cen·sor·ship, nounpro·cen·sor·ship, adjectiveself-cen·sor·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-censorship

Contemporary Examples of self-censorship

Historical Examples of self-censorship

  • Thus, self-censorship has replaced direct government control for the most part.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for self-censorship



the regulation of a group's actions and statements by its own members rather than an external agency



a policy or programme of censoring
the act or system of censoring
psychoanal the activity of the mind in regulating impulses, etc, from the unconscious so that they are modified before reaching the conscious mind
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Word Origin and History for self-censorship



1590s, "office of a censor," from censor (n.) + -ship. Meaning "action of censoring" is from 1824.

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