In constitutional law, the inhibition or discouragement of the legitimate exercise of a a constitutional right, especially one protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, by the potential or threatened prosecution under, or application of, a law or sanction.
(law) A discouraging effect, especially on certain forms of officially legal speech.
The hate crimes bill would allow recent racist statements by a suspect to be used as evidence that a crime was racially motivated; some legislators were concerned that this provision could have an undue chilling effect on speech that could be construed as racist.
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Chilling-effect Sentence Examples
Windows have a chilling effect on a room, and in calculations extra allowance should be made for window areas.
The chilling effect of a cold wind, particularly if clothing is wet, can induce hypothermia.
A spider just emerging from an empty eye socket lends a chilling effect to the scene.