containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
- Also especially British, li·bel·lous .
- li·bel·ous·ly; especially British, li·bel·lous·ly, adverb
- non·li·bel·ous, adjective
- non·li·bel·ous·ly, adverb
- un·li·bel·lous, adjective
- un·li·bel·lous·ly, adverb
- un·li·bel·ous, adjective
- un·li·bel·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use libelous in a sentence
That night, Bush fired back at her for what he said was a “slanderous, libelous” campaign.George P. Bush charts a Trumpian path as he tries to extend the family dynasty in Texas | Dan Balz | February 27, 2022 | Washington Post
Google also released a predator update, as I like to call it, that demoted libelous content within its search results.Google algorithm updates 2021 in review: Core updates, product reviews, page experience and beyond | Barry Schwartz | December 28, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Removing that protection would mean that Facebook could be sued if its algorithm promotes any libelous speech or illegal content on a user’s News Feed.Washington Wants to Regulate Facebook's Algorithm. That Might Be Unconstitutional | Julia Zorthian | October 13, 2021 | Time
This time, the jury concluded that two of the contested quotations were false but decided that neither was libelous.Janet Malcolm, elegant and incisive writer for the New Yorker, dies at 86 | Harrison Smith | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
The words were neither libelous nor offensive; this was simply a matter of taste.
And unlike campaign ads, if potentially libelous super-PAC ads are aired, television stations can be held liable.Is Super PACs’ Influence on the 2012 Presidential Election Overhyped? | Ben Jacobs | February 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We learn from this letter that The Journals remarks on the Jireh product are libelous.
We have made them many times and for several years past; if libelous, the manufacturer has excellent grounds for damages.
The alleged oath is scurrilous, wicked and libelous and must be the invention of an impious and venomous mind.The Modern Ku Klux Klan | Henry Peck Fry
But, it got wind, and was seized as libelous, and brought the unlucky poet into severe affliction.
If it is libelous, then the writer and the publisher should both be held responsible in damages.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll