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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Involving or constituting a libel; defamatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. defamatory, libeling, referring to something that causes harm to someone's reputation especially with malice or disregard.
  • adj. meeting the legal standards for libel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing or involving a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes some person to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing a libel; of the nature of a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule: as, a libelous picture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

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