Libel meaning

lībəl
The definition of libel is a written and published false statement about someone that damages their reputation.

An example of libel is when someone publishes in the newspaper that you are a thief, even though this is false.

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A false and defamatory statement expressed in writing or in an electronic medium.
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To libel is defined as to make and publish a false and malicious statement about someone in writing that damages the person's reputation.

When you write an article in the newspaper about someone being a thief, even though it is not true, this is an example of libel.

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In ecclesiastical law and formerly in maritime law, a written statement containing the plaintiff's grievances; initial pleading.
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Anything that gives an unflattering or damaging picture of the subject with which it is dealing.
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To publish or make a libel against.
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To give an unflattering or damaging picture of.
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To bring suit against by presenting a libel.
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The first document or pleading filed in an admiralty action, which is now called a complaint.
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A written or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
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(uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
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(Civil Law & Courts of Admiralty) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
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A brief writing of any kind, especially a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.

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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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(law) To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.
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The written claims initiating a suit in an admiralty court.
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To publish or broadcast a libel about (a person).
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Origin of libel

  • Middle English litigant's written complaint from Old French from Latin libellus diminutive of liber book

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French libelle, from Latin libellus (“petition").

    From Wiktionary