libel per se

libel per se
libel per se /-pər-'sē, -per-'sā/ n: libel that is actionable without the plaintiff introducing additional facts to show defamation or claiming special damages

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

libel per se
False statements that are so widely understood to be harmful that they are presumed to be defamatory, such as an accusation that a person has committed a crime, has a dreaded disease, or is unable to perform one's occupation.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

libel per se
n.
   broadcast or written publication of a false statement about another which accuses him/her of a crime, immoral acts, inability to perform his/her profession, having a loathsome disease (like syphilis) or dishonesty in business. Such claims are considered so obviously harmful that malice need not be proved to obtain a judgment for "general damages," and not just specific losses.
   See also: defamation, libel, slander

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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