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Definition of Defamation

Defamation is making a false statement about another person which causes harm. Defamation is generally made orally, which differs from libel which is defamatory statements made in a fixed medium. Certain elements must be proven to win a case of defamation. Some jurisdictions will rule a statement is "per se" defamation if is attacks the individual's professional character, sexual history, or that the person has a sexually transmitted disease.

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