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The freedom to an opinion and the right to express it in a non-violent and non-threatening manner. It does not, as opposed to what many people think, grant the freedom to say anything without consequences.
John: "I can threaten to kill you and your family all I want, it's freedom of speech."
Dave: "You're an idiot."
by nbtrap August 01, 2007
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In short, Amendment I.

Freedom of speech is the most abused freedom. After its ravaging, the law has been set down so that free speech is suppressed.
"People need to be more responsible with freedom of speech."

"This site is the best example of free speech. ^_^ It's a nice site where you can define words as you please."
by Dave June 29, 2004
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A non-existent ideal created by America but never respected or set in motion. There is absolutely no such thing as "freedom of speech" if the things that you say can be censored, silenced, or even erased. People try to exercise their right to freedom of speech, but no one ever succeeds because there will always be some asshole out there who thinks that you are wrong for whatever reason, and makes it his mission in life to censor whatever you have presented to the public as your opinion. No one anywhere in the world really has freedom of speech.
Say something that even ONE person disagrees with - on the internet, in a magazine, newspaper, on TV, or even verbally - and you get shot down and told that you're "wrong". Did I mention that this is because ONE single person disagreed with you? "freedom of speech" is a joke.
by Lament For The Last Days February 24, 2006
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No it isnt a license to go sticking propoganda for Clinton or anti-propoganda for Trump down the throat of anyone who will listen. Most of the Internet aren't American voters so it doesn't even apply to them.
by Goth Doll September 12, 2016
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Freedom of speech is a right to everyone that lives in america,but we are no longer to say what we want, unless we remain nameless and faceless,
This sight is a definition of "Freedom of Speech."
You have the right to freedom of speech as long as your not dumb enough to use it.
by Rachelle August 18, 2003
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I'd like to provide you all with some text i've recieved in a journalism class. The entire first quarter of the year was spent on the first amendment. Our rights of the first one inlclude ONLY these: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. For the freedom of speech part, there ARE some limits. Some legal limits. They are:

Clear and Present Danger
Fighting Words
Libel and Slander
Conflight with Other Legitimate Social Or Governmental Interests
Time, Place and Manner

So no, you dont have the legal right to say 'fuck you' on national television, or show your tits during a superbowl halftime show. I agree that we SHOULD be able to curse etc. as we feel, but there do need to be a few limits so that we dont abuse it. Just so everyone knows, the 5th one means that in times of crisis(war) the government can restrict it for security(idioticly). They can also place a gag order on the press during war and participants in a trial. I agree this is idiocy, but you have no constitutional right to tell someone to fuck themself on CSPAN.
Freedom Of Speech isnt as general as most people think
by Kevin November 09, 2004
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The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable
by arrbear January 11, 2005
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