Definition of freedom of speech in English:

freedom of speech

(also free speech)


  • The right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint.

    • ‘Only 11 percent said they would be unwilling to surrender their freedoms of speech, press, or movement in exchange for stability.’
    • ‘Dewey was anti-authoritarian, in the sense that he did not believe that the liberal rights protected in the name of individual liberty (such as freedoms of speech, thought, movement, and so on) should be dispensed with.’
    • ‘A few of my friends have said to me recently that our freedoms of speech and expression will be trumped now by the needs and prerogatives of safety- and what's called ‘national security’ during a time of war.’
    • ‘Every day we reap the benefits of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech, religion, assembly and association, and freedom from unreasonable and arbitrary government actions against our persons and property.’
    • ‘If it is obvious enough that some freedoms of speech could in principle be suspended for the sake of another's well-being, it isn't quite so clear where to draw the aclinic line.’
    • ‘If he wants the luxury of unrestricted freedom of speech, he'll need to resign.’
    • ‘We pride ourselves on our freedoms - particularly our freedoms of speech, expression, and access to information.’
    • ‘The crackdown on sectarian terrorists may proceed haphazardly, but under the guise of eliminating extremism, a general assault on anti-militarist dissent, freedoms of speech and expression will ensue.’
    • ‘But whether they'll be allowed to exercise their basic freedoms of speech and expression, that's something we'll just have to wait and see.’
    • ‘It is why so many are as cynical about the freedoms of speech and press as they are about having equal access to education, legal recourse and economic opportunity.’
    • ‘We should always, especially when it is difficult, exercise our freedoms of speech and assembly, and I mean the word exercise.’
    • ‘There is a two-pronged attack being mounted by the judiciary on freedom of speech and debate.’
    • ‘Because one of the first casualties of war is truth: and one of the first freedoms to be curtailed is the freedom of speech.’
    • ‘If supporting freedom of speech is the common opinion in Holland now, it won't be in 40 years time.’
    • ‘Does this current rule protect the students' freedom of speech against retaliation?’
    • ‘There might be times when the tactics infringe individual freedoms such as the freedom to travel without fetter or freedoms of speech.’
    • ‘The obvious solution, for those of us concerned about our freedoms of speech, assembly, and so forth, is to assemble and speak, peacefully, clearly, and in much larger numbers.’
    • ‘This is a disgraceful, shameful attack on a student's freedom of speech at such a prestigious institution.’
    • ‘As a constitutional matter, basic rights such as due process, equal protection, and the freedoms of speech and association are not limited to citizens, but apply to all ‘persons’ within the United States or subject to U.S. authority.’
    • ‘There is concern on the impact of the war on freedom of speech and civil liberties.’


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