Freedom of association



The right to form societies, clubs, and other groups of people, and to meet with people individually, without interference by the government.

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  • Freedom of assembly

    The right to hold public meetings and form associations without interference by the government. Freedom of peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Note: Segregation has been described as a violation of freedom of assembly.

  • Freedom-of-information-act

    noun, U.S. Government. 1. a law enacted in 1966 requiring that government records except those relating to national security, confidential financial data, and law enforcement be made available to the public on request. Abbreviation: FOIA.



  • Freedom-of-speech

    noun 1. the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc. The right to speak without censorship or restraint by the government. Freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. (See clear and present danger.)

  • Freedom-of-the-city

    noun 1. nominal citizenship in a city, conferred as an honor upon important visitors. 2. (formerly) official citizenship in a city, conferred upon distinguished nonresidents.



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