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Schenck v. United Sta...

Schenck v. United States

 
pronunciation:
shenk vi th yu naI tihd steIts
part of speech: noun
definition: the U.S. Supreme Court case decided in 1919 that upheld the criminal conviction of the defendant for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. In the majority opinion, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. argued that speech aimed to undermine military or naval operations during wartime presented a "clear and present danger" to the security of the country.