freedom of speech means: As a First Amendment right, the United States Constitution protects the right of any person to freely express their opinions without restriction or censorship. (in Merlin Dictionary)

What else does freedom of speech mean?

  • Freedom to have an opinion, and to be able to do so in a peaceful and nonthreatening way. Contrary to popular belief, it does not grant freedom of speech without consequence. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Eugene Barr)
  • This non-existent ideal was created by America, but it has never been respected or put into motion. If the words you speak can be silenced or censored, there is no freedom of speech. Many people try to exercise their freedom of speech rights, but they fail because someone will always think you’re wrong and make it his life mission to silence or censor any opinion you may have. Freedom of speech is not something that exists anywhere on the planet. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Jorge Gómez)
  • Here is some text I received in journalism class. All of my first quarter was dedicated to the first amendment. The rights we have under the first amendment are: Freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from the press, freedoms of assembly and freedom to petition. There are some limitations to freedom speech. Some legal limits. These are: Clear and present danger Fighting words Libel and Slander Obscenity Conflight With Other Legitimate Societal Or Governmental Intents Time, Place, and Manner. You don’t have legal rights to say “**** you” on national TV or display your *** during the superbowl halftime. Yes, we should be allowed to curse. As we like, there need to be some limits in order not abuse this right. The 5th option means that the government may restrict access to the press in crisis situations. The government can place gag orders on journalists and trial participants during war. This is absurd, I admit. However, you don’t have the constitutional right to say to someone how to do it on CSPAN. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Zackary Campbell)
  • People will not be denied or restricted in their rights to express themselves, write or publish their thoughts; freedom of expression, one of the greatest bulwarks for liberty, shall remain unaffected. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Hector Collins)
  • It was gone as quickly as people began filing useless lawsuits against each other and making huge grumbles about everything. It is likely that it disappeared when George W was first elected. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Nathalie Mooney)
  • Congress may not pass any law that would allow for the establishment or prohibition of religious freedom; nor the restriction of speech or press freedoms; or restrict the rights of peaceful assembly and petition to the government to address grievances. We can all say whatever we like, provided that there are limits. You can call your lawyer and say “FUCKY” to any police officer. However, you can’t make threats to the public or put at risk safety. If you really want to make use of it, have a lawyer close by and deep pockets. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Fizgig)
  • This term is often misused to attack Isalm in double-standard ways. Although it’s a fundamental righ, human beings should use it sensibly, responsibly and with equal chances. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Remington Vaughn)