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SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
     2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature, to counsel in court in debate.
     3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel, if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate; Liberty of speech.

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It is not simply the speechlessness sometimes observed in criminals that have been caught out.
These accounts go beyond mere helplessness and speechlessness, as they objectify the people living in these institutions as mere and "pure" victims of state policies and bureaucratic-medical action.
Historical trauma here, therefore, does not fill the void of 9/11 with concise images of suffering; rather, an implication of speechlessness is preserved.
If iodine deficiency starts in the embryonic period, health problems including deafness, speechlessness, spastic diplegia, strabismus, severe neurological deficit (neurological cretinism), nanism, psychomotor retardation, stillbirth and mental retardation may be observed (15-18).
This situation seems to prepare the reader for a negative and perhaps disastrous effect of Lenas misunderstood speechlessness. But it has no significant effect at all; she dies shortly after when a bullet accidently strikes her in the dark.
never suffered that form of falsification, the repetition (and suggestion of immortality) constitutive of stardom, while the muteness of silent film itself embodied a form of suffering, a speechlessness compelling the eyes to explore.
Kompanek captures Shapiro's ingenuous responses--there are moments of speechlessness, tears and hyper-exhilaration--to the inevitable attention that comes when a director's career shifts into the high-stakes gear of Broadway.
Beautifully hand-carved and painted by sculptor Sarith Mang, the figurines look remarkably human with their sharply individualized features, their speechlessness and immobility underscoring the collective helplessness of a people subjected to methodical extermination."
Fanny's "favourite indulgence of being suffered to sit silent and unattended to" (260) is not just the abject speechlessness of a downtrodden, poor relation, or the self-abnegating performance of a conduct-book ideal, or even the credo of a shy girl who has decided to embrace her inner wallflower.
Dori Laub, in an essay entitled "From Speechlessness
He therefore lies down in a room made his by grease and pain and speechlessness. He lies down on his carpet at midday, the television bright and silent.