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English definition of “self-censorship”

self-censorship

noun [U] uk   /ˌselfˈsen.sə.ʃɪp/ us    /-sɚ-/
control of what you say or do in order to avoid annoying or offending others, but without being told officially that such control is necessary: These writers knew that unless they practised a form of self-censorship, the authorities would persecute them.Forbidding and banning things
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