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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 15th July 2024
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bright-line (noun) BRITE-line

An unambiguous demarcation or criterion on the issue in question.

The Constitution's liberty safeguards in the area of mental illness are not always best enforced through precise bright-line rules.

US Supreme Court, Kansas v. Crane, decided 22 January 2002.
US Supreme Court

Is it too late to draw a bright line in politics between the public's right to know and a candidate's right to privacy?

Colbert King, Washington Post, 14 July 2007. Washington Post

It also allowed him to put out a statement of his own that drew a bright line between him and the GOP candidates on the war.

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post's politics blog, August 6, 2007. Washington Post

Our own hunch is that the better approach for Congress to take as it moves toward corrective legislation would be a "bright line" prohibition against making any payments to delay introduction of a generic drug.

Editorial, The New York Times, 24 January 2007.
New York Times

Neither Beaver nor Rumsfeld drew any "bright line" prohibiting the combination of these techniques, or defining any limits for their use.

Jane Meyer, The New Yorker, 27 February 2006. The New Yorker

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