Meaning of “libel” in the English Dictionary

"libel" in British English

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libelnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈlaɪ.bəl/ us /ˈlaɪ.bəl/

(Definition of “libel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"libel" in American English

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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 legal claim you make when you accuse someone in court of writing such things about you:

[ C ] The whole story was a vicious libel.
[ U ] Angry at what the newspaper had printed, she sued for libel.
libel
verb [ T ] us /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/

The general contends the network libeled him in a television broadcast.
libelous
adjective us /ˈlɑɪ·bə·ləs/

libelous articles

(Definition of “libel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"libel" in Business English

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libelnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈlaɪbəl/ us LAW

something written or published that makes false or unfair statements that are likely to damage the reputation of a person or organization:

libel suit/lawsuit They filed a libel lawsuit against the person responsible 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/ us UK -ll-, US -l- LAW

to write or publish something which makes false or unfair statements 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 foreign minister.
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(Definition of “libel” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)