Libel Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Libel, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Libel?

(n) Libel is the recorded publishing or broadcasting of false or untrue information about a person or entity, as if they are statement of facts, with an intention to defame or harm the reputation of the person or entity about whom such statements are made. Libel is defamation which is written or otherwise broadcasted as against slander, which is oral defamation. Libel needs to be known to just one person to claim damages provided there is a harm done on the basis of that intentional untrue statement of fact.