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libel
Legal Definition of libel

Noun

  1. defamation by writing such as in a newspaper or a letter.

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Definition of libel

Etymology

    From Old French libelle, from Latin libellus (“petition”).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: līʹbəl, IPA: /ˈlaɪbəl/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -aɪbəl

Noun

libel (plural libels)

  1. A written (notably as handbill) or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
  2. (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.

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Verb

libel (third-person singular simple present libels, present participle British English libelling or American English libeling, simple past and past participle British English libelled or American English libeled)

  1. (transitive) To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.

    He libelled her when he published that.

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