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free speech n
1 : speech that is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution [setting off an alarm bell is not free speech "A. M. Dershowitz"]
2 : freedom of speech [an unconstitutional restraint on free speech "National Law Journal"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.