Associations to the word «Libel»


LIBEL, noun. A written or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
LIBEL, noun. (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
LIBEL, noun. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
LIBEL, noun. (law) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
LIBEL, noun. A brief writing of any kind, especially a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
LIBEL, verb. (transitive) To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.
LIBEL, verb. (legal) To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.
LIBEL CHILL, noun. (legal) (idiomatic) Uneasiness or unwillingness to speak publicly or to write about a matter, as a result of the threat or suggestion of legal action should one do so.
LIBEL TOURISM, noun. (legal) (derogatory) A form of forum shopping in which plaintiffs choose to file libel suits in jurisdictions thought more likely to give a favourable result.

Dictionary definition

LIBEL, noun. A false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person.
LIBEL, noun. The written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks.
LIBEL, verb. Print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him".

Wise words

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
Ernest Hemingway