Defamatory Law and Legal Definition

Defamatory means tending to cause harm to a person’s reputation. The term is commonly used while referring to statement or communications that are injurious to someone's name or reputation.

A defamatory statement is one which injures another person’s reputation by exposing him to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or which tends to lower him in esteem of a reasonably prudent person.

A defamatory communication refers to bringing an idea to the perception of someone that tends so to harm the reputation of another as to lower him in the estimation of the community, or to deter third persons from associating or dealing with such person.