clear and present danger

clear and present danger
the expression used by the US Supreme Court to indicate a situation in which complete freedom of speech is not a person’s legal right. No one has a right to say something that would cause a clear (= obvious) and present (= immediate) danger to other people. As an example, the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment does not allow a person to shout ‘Fire’ in a crowded theatre.

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  • Clear and Present Danger — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Das Kartell Originaltitel: Clear and Present Danger Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1994 Länge: 136 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • clear and present danger doctrine — Doctrine in constitutional law, first formulated in Schenck v. U. S., 249 U.S. 47, 39 S.Ct. 247, 63 L.Ed. 470, providing that governmental restrictions on First Amendment freedoms of speech and press will be upheld if necessary to prevent grave… …   Black's law dictionary

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