Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civll and old English law. Relating to or affecting character or reputation; defamatory; slanderous.
    —Famosns libellus. A libelous writing. A term of the civil law denoting that species of injuria which corresponds nearly to libel or slander.