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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Containing untrue written statements about someone which could make other people have a bad opinion of them.

Usage examples (34)
  • The statement about the famous author was false and borderline libelous.
  • It's emblematic that the extreme leftoblob Michael Moore has even hijacked the title libelous Westphobia "Fahrenheit 9/11".
  • The district's law firm in 2007 threatened to sue Tetley for what it termed libelous statements posted on www.
  • Like most blogs, these so-called libelous statements seemed to be opinions, not presented as factual statements. for more
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  • "Libelous" can also be spelled "libellous".
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