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  • adj. damaging to someone's reputation, especially if untrue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing defamation; injurious to reputation; calumnious; slanderous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing defamation; calumnious; slanderous; libelous; injurious to reputation: as, defamatory words or writings.

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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  • He said Wednesday he would file a complaint with Student Judicial Services and consult a lawyer about what he termed defamatory statements. thanks Fadi

    Thursday, March 30, 2006

  • Since the word "defamatory" is strong language, I wanted to respond in print in the same way I have responded to him in person each time we have discussed this issue in interviews that were, from my point of view, a pleasure and a privilege to conduct.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • DE and Suzuki Motor remained unresolved on Friday as a deadline set by the Japanese automaker for its partner to retract what it called a defamatory accusation passed without the desired response.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • In a May 20 letter, lawyers representing Timoney and Lee asked that McEachern retract his statements - which they called defamatory - promise to refrain from similar statements in future and pay $1,000 to cover their legal costs. Music briefs

  • The defamation charge was first laid against Mu Sochua after she sued Hun Sen for what she called defamatory comments delivered publicly in April 2009.

    KI Media

  • Some Catholic leaders have defended the Pope against what they describe as defamatory attacks by the media.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • Following these statements by the Prime Minister, SDKÚ is planning to file a criminal complaint over what it called defamatory statements, such as the suggestion that the party had practiced "dirty money laundering", TASR was told by the SDKÚ press department later in the day.

    The Slovak Spectator

  • He went so far as to deploy the legally fraught term defamatory, which is the musteline way of subtly raising the specter of a legal threat.

    Media Blog

  • The average reader does not have the legal sophistication to differentiate “fractional ownership” from “timeshare ownership” or the knowledge of the regulatory framework applicable to time shares, and there is no possibility that the signs contain defamatory innuendo.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » California Court Rejects Santa Barbara Beach Club’s Attempts to Suppress Criticism

  • Under Apple's App Store policy, an app cannot contain "defamatory content" or in other words, attack one's political opponent.

    Tyler Kingkade: High Tech Republicans In Your Pocket


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