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Meaning of “libel” in the English Dictionary

"libel" in British English

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libelnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈlaɪ.bəl/
(Definition of libel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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libelnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/
a ​piece of writing that says ​bad, ​false, and ​harmful things about a ​person, or the ​legalclaim you make when you ​accuse someone in ​court of writing such things about you: [C] The ​wholestory was a ​vicious libel. [U] Angry at what the ​newspaper had ​printed, she ​sued for libel.
libel
verb [T]  us   /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/
The ​generalcontends the ​network libeled him in a ​televisionbroadcast.
libelous
adjective  us   /ˈlɑɪ·bə·ləs/
libelous ​articles
(Definition of libel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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libelnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈlaɪbəl/ LAW
something written or ​published that makes ​false or ​unfairstatements that are likely to ​damage the ​reputation of a ​person or ​organization: libel suit/lawsuit They ​filed a libel ​lawsuit against the ​personresponsible for the web ​posting. He was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment after the ​collapse of his libel ​action against the ​newspaper. He was ​determined to ​sue any ​publication that repeated the libels.
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libelverb [T]

uk   /ˈlaɪbəl/ ( UK -ll-, US -l-) LAW
to write or ​publish something which makes ​false or ​unfairstatements that are likely to ​damage the ​reputation of a ​person or ​organization: He pardoned two journalists who had been sentenced to prison for libelling the ​foreignminister.
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(Definition of libel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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