public figure

Definition of public figure

  1. :  a well-known person

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  exposed to general view :  open

    :  well-known, prominent

    :  perceptible, material

  1. :  the people as a whole :  populace

    :  a group of people having common interests or characteristics

    :  the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

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  1. :  a number symbol :  numeral, digit

    :  arithmetical calculations

    :  a written or printed character

  1. :  to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

    :  to decorate with a pattern

    :  to write figures over or under (the bass) in order to indicate the accompanying chords


Law Dictionary

public figure

noun public fig·ure

Legal Definition of public figure

  1. :  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

Additional Notes on public figure

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


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