public figure

noun

Definition of public figure

: a well-known person

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“Public figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20figure. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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public figure

noun
public fig·​ure

Legal Definition of public figure

: an individual or entity that has acquired fame or notoriety or has participated in a particular public controversy — see also limited purpose public figure — compare public official

Note: A public figure must prove actual malice in order to prevail in a defamation action.

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