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prior restraint Syllabification: pri·or re·straint

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of prior restraint in English:


Law Judicial suppression of material that would be published or broadcast, on the grounds that it is libelous or harmful. In US law, the First Amendment severely limits the ability of the government to do this.
Example sentences
  • And historically, prior restraint of publication has been viewed as presumptively unconstitutional.
  • Typically, the prior restraint doctrine is raised in suits about libel and government censorship, but in theory it could apply in any suit with a First Amendment dimension.
  • The decision outlawed the prior restraint of publications and termed suppression a greater danger than journalistic irresponsibility.
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