Libel Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Libel.

Libel (noun): This is a formal word used in law referring to the act of intentionally spreading false and damaging information about someone in written or printed form, such as in a newspaper or online. In other words, it's when someone deliberately writes or shares untrue things about someone else that harm that person's reputation. Contrary to slander, which is spoken defamation, libel is always transmitted through some form of media. Even if only one person sees or reads the false information, and it causes harm, the person who was lied about can claim damages.