Pronunciation: (lī'bul),[key] —n., v.,-beled, -bel•ing or (esp. Brit.)-belled, -bel•ling.
—n. 1. Law. a. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
b. the act or crime of publishing it.
c. a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.
2. anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
—v.t. 1. to publish a libel against.
2. to misrepresent damagingly.
3. to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.