limited purpose public figure

noun

Legal Definition of limited purpose public figure

: a person who voluntarily and prominently participates in a public controversy for the purpose of influencing its outcome and who is thus required as a public figure to prove actual malice in a defamation suit

called also limited public figure

— compare public figure

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“Limited purpose public figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/limited%20purpose%20public%20figure. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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