Defamation What a Term, a True Definition of the Term

23 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2018

Date Written: November 28, 2018


To a lawyer, the meaning of defamation is well known. To an ordinary person or layperson, defamation is something new even though it is something that they face in everyday that there are living as human being; either by knowing that this statement provided by another person about them or someone else is defamatory in nature or by not knowing that such statement is defamatory in nature.

The development of science has turned the manner on how this tortuous liability is conducted. In term of the meaning, the developments of science and technology have turned the meaning of the term defamation to include the digital nature of defamation. In this case even lawyers who have the knowledge about law in general, they may not have the knowledge of the information and communication technology law, thus may find it difficult to understand the true meaning of the term defamation as currently understood worldwide.

This paper provides a number of definitions of defamation as defined by many authors and in the end it provides the true meaning of the term defamation as define by the author.

Keywords: defamation, cyber defamation

Suggested Citation

Magalla, Asherry, Defamation What a Term, a True Definition of the Term (November 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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