public figure


: a well-known person

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Cite this Entry

“Public figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition

public figure

public fig·​ure
: 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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