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Abstract

This article examines definitional balancing as a methodology for determining the “visible boundaries of the First Amendment.” More specifically, it focuses on the Court’s use of definitional balancing, as a technique for drawing definitional lines within categories of speech, to distinguish between speech that is included within the First Amendment, and speech that is excluded so that it may be proscribed based on its content. Part II describes definitional balancing in Professor Nimmer’s terms. Part III discusses the Court’s application of definitional balancing and the issues raised by commentators.

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