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Definition of libel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

libel

 noun
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BrE BrE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪbl//
 
 
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[uncountable, countable] the act of printing a statement about somebody that is not true and that gives people a bad opinion of them He sued the newspaper for libel. a libel action (= a case in a court of law) In a libel action a newspaper must prove that any comments it printed are true. compare slander Word Origin Middle English (in the general sense ‘a document, a written statement’): via Old French from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber ‘book’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: libel

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