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libelous

adjective li·bel·ous \ˈlī-b(ə-)ləs\

Simple Definition of libelous

  • : containing an untrue written statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of libelous

  1. :  constituting or including a libel :  defamatory <a libelous statement>

Examples of libelous in a sentence

  1. <libelous statements about a celebrity for which the tabloid was sued>



1619

First Known Use of libelous

1619

Variants of libelous

or

libellous

play \ˈlī-b(ə-)ləs\

Law Dictionary

libelous

adjective li·bel·ous \ˈlī-bə-ləs\

Legal Definition of libelous

  1. :  constituting or including libel <a libelous magazine article>



Variants of libelous

also

libellous

\ˈlī-bə-ləs\ play


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