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[lahy-buh-luh s] /ˈlaɪ bə ləs/
containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
Origin of libelous
1610-20; libel + -ous
Related forms
libelously; especially British, libellously, adverb
nonlibelous, adjective
nonlibelously, adverb
unlibellous, adjective
unlibellously, adverb
unlibelous, adjective
unlibelously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for libelous
  • Whether a published article is libelous per se is determined on the face of the article itself.
  • Appellant also told the court that some of the information in the court file was slanderous and libelous.
  • Governments could not rule that such materials were libelous and thus prevent publication.
  • It is well-established in our law that there is no liability for libelous or slanderous statements that are privileged.
Word Origin and History for libelous

also libellous, 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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