containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
Also, especially British, libellous.

1610–20; libel + -ous

libelously; especially British, libellously, adverb
nonlibelous, adjective
nonlibelously, adverb
unlibellous, adjective
unlibellously, adverb
unlibelous, adjective
unlibelously, adverb Unabridged
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libel (ˈlaɪbəl)
1.  law
 a.  the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc
 b.  the act of publishing such matter
2.  any defamatory or unflattering representation or statement
3.  ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
4.  Scots law the formal statement of a charge
vb , -bels, -belling, -belled, -bels, -beling, -beled
5.  law to make or publish a defamatory statement or representation about (a person)
6.  to misrepresent injuriously
7.  ecclesiastical law to bring an action against (a person) in the ecclesiastical courts
[C13 (in the sense: written statement), hence C14 legal sense: a plaintiff's statement, via Old French from Latin libellus a little book, from liber a book]

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