libelous

adjective li·bel·ous \ ˈlī-b(ə-)ləs \
variants: or libellous

Definition of libelous

: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

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First Known Use of libelous

1619


LIBELOUS Defined for English Language Learners

libelous

adjective

Definition of libelous for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

libelous

adjective li·bel·ous
variants: also libellous play \ˈlī-bə-ləs\

legal Definition of libelous

:constituting or including libel
  • a libelous magazine article


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