Definition of libelous in US English:

libelous

(British libellous)

adjective

  • Containing or constituting a libel.

    ‘a libelous newspaper story’
    • ‘If a letter is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected.’
    • ‘Therefore, in considering the extent of constitutional protection for arguably libellous speech, we ordinarily are dealing with statements that are false.’
    • ‘Something defamatory is libellous only if it's untrue.’
    • ‘The claimant cannot select apparently libellous statements if the passage taken as a whole is not defamatory.’
    • ‘Posting of slanderous, libelous, abusive or defamatory material is totally prohibited.’
    • ‘It was conceded by the defendant that the impugned language used in the letter was libellous.’
    • ‘The defendants denied the article was libellous and said even if it was, they were covered by a number of defences.’
    • ‘When does a joke stop being funny and start being libellous?’
    • ‘They use the example of stock message boards where people reveal all sorts of defaming and libelous content to try to move a stock.’
    • ‘You must have known the ‘facts’ upon which you based your libellous story were false.’
    • ‘These damages are measured by how much the libelous statements lower the plaintiff's reputation.’
    • ‘We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings.’
    • ‘Anonymous e-mailers shouldn't get away with false and libelous statements.’
    • ‘Who can get the other to tell the more libelous story?’
    • ‘In the name of press freedom and nationalism we deliberately wrote seditious and criminally libellous articles against colonial governments.’
    • ‘A libelous campaign pamphlet is harder to punish if it is anonymous.’
    • ‘However, fabricating malicious falsehoods and then actively circulating them not only belies any profession of Christianity but is defamatory and libelous.’
    • ‘It must also be pointed out that there is a difference between the publishing of material that is found to be libelous and stories that may be false, but injure no individual's reputation.’
    • ‘There have been a number of cases where the courts have refused to enforce copyright as the works in question were considered libellous, immoral, obscene, scandalous or irreligious.’
    • ‘Repeating someone else's libellous statement is just as bad as making the statement directly.’
    defamatory, denigratory, vilifying, disparaging, derogatory, aspersive, calumnious, calumniatory, slanderous, false, untrue, misrepresentative, traducing, maligning, insulting, scurrilous, slurring, smearing
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

libelous

/ˈlaɪbələs//ˈlībələs/