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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Example sentences
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.
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