[ UK /dɪfˈæmətəɹˌi/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfæməˌtɔɹi/ ]
  1. (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
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How To Use defamatory In A Sentence

  • As the court pointed out in Pitba, some statements are automatically assumed to be defamatory.
  • He said yesterday that the allegations made against him had been'wholly false and seriously defamatory'. Times, Sunday Times
  • The reader said that the report was defamatory.
  • We have come in for our share of criticism, some of it defamatory, but we have never wavered from this message.
  • Such claims are untrue and grossly defamatory. The Sun
  • Legal malice is implied from the mere publication of a defamatory communication. Archive 2009-10-01
  • Put a few good men into corporations, and they become dull, soulless, humourless drudges given to tossing the word ‘defamatory’ around for no good reason.
  • Thus an assertion which does not suggest discreditable conduct by the plaintiff may still be defamatory if it imputes to him or her a condition calculated to diminish the respect and confidence in which the plaintiff is held. Archive 2009-10-01
  • The claimant cannot select apparently libellous statements if the passage taken as a whole is not defamatory.
  • Such an inference could not properly be drawn until the defendant had had a reasonable time to act to remove the defamatory comments. Times, Sunday Times
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