Defamatory Communication Law and Legal Definition

Defamatory communication is a statement that tends to injure the reputation of a person referred to in it. Such statements lower the person in the estimation of a reasonable man. It causes the person to be regarded with feelings of hatred, contempt, ridicule, fear, or dislike. It is also known as defamatory statement.

In the U.S. defamation law varies from state to state. However, most states recognize that some categories of statements are considered to be defamatory per se, such that people making a defamation claim for these statements do not need to prove that the statement was defamatory.