Definition of criminal libel in English:

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criminal libel


[mass noun] Law
The offence of making a malicious defamatory statement in a permanent form.
Example sentences
  • Public nuisance and criminal libel have been cited as common law crimes of strict liability.
  • This would make them categorically protected, against criminal libel prosecution or civil libel lawsuits.
  • Many people have argued that criminal libel laws are unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court has never so held.

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