Speech Code Law and Legal Definition

Speech Code refers to a rule or regulation that limits, restricts, or bans speech beyond the strict legal limitations upon freedom of speech or press. This code is usually found in the legal definitions of harassment, slander, libel, and fighting words. Such forms are commonly used in workplace, universities, and private organizations. This term may also be applied to regulations that do not explicitly prohibit particular words or sentences. Speech codes are often applied to suppress hate speech or forms of social discourse, thought to be disagreeable to the implementers.